DOJ may Increase Federal Enforcement On Weed

The cannabis industry was rattled Thursday after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he expects the Department of Justice to increase enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational pot, even in states where it’s already legal. “To have Mr. Spicer say in one sentence that they’re a state’s rights administration and in the very next sentence say they’re going to crack down … it just defies logic,” said Robert Capecchi, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. The Drug Policy Alliance noted that eliminating part of the legal cannabis market would mean “wiping out tax-paying jobs and eliminating billions of dollars in taxes.” The National Cannabis Industry Association’s Aaron Smith said a federal crackdown on legal pot “would represent a rejection of the values of economic growth, limited government, and respect for federalism that Republicans claim to embrace.” Federal enforcement on weed.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a leading supporter of Proposition 64, sent a letter to President Trump on Friday.

Officials in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is legal, vow to fight any federal crackdown on the nascent industry.

Nevada still plans to launch recreational marijuana sales in July despite warnings this week of a federal crackdown by the administration of President Donald Trump, state officials said Friday.

Denver city officials have brought together a disparate group to advise them on how to implement the city’s first-of- its kind social marijuana use permit program.

State lawmakers have filed a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use in North Carolina – a perennial proposal that has failed to gain traction in the past.