New Sessions memo pushes death penalty for big drug dealers. That could include legal marijuana business owners.

To the litany of challenges facing Colorado’s state-licensed marijuana business owners, add another one: The federal government could — though probably won’t — try to execute them. This week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a memo to the nation’s federal prosecutors urging them to seek the death penalty in…

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One month after Sessions marijuana memo, where do U.S. attorneys stand on legal weed?

Published: Feb 5, 2018, 5:57 pm • Updated: Feb 5, 2018, 6:07 pm By Bruce Kennedy and Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff It’s been a month since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo, Obama-era Department of Justice guidance on enforcement of federal law in states that legalized…

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Doctors backing out of recommending medical marijuana in response to Sessions memo

Published: Feb 2, 2018, 4:16 pm • Updated: Feb 2, 2018, 4:16 pm By Steve Hendrix, The Washington Post Gene Ransom’s day was ruined within minutes of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that he was giving federal prosecutors more freedom to go after marijuana transactions in states that have legalized…

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Local Colorado officials lead new national coalition challenging Sessions’ Cole Memo moves

Published: Jan 31, 2018, 2:38 pm • Updated: Jan 31, 2018, 3:40 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Elected officials from across Colorado are leading a national coalition of state politicians asking U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to convene a task force to align federal and state cannabis laws.…

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Jared Polis head up bipartisan letter to Trump urging him to restore Cole Memo

Published: Jan 26, 2018, 12:05 pm • Updated: Jan 26, 2018, 2:29 pm By Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff A bicameral, bipartisan coalition of Congressional leaders Thursday asked President Donald Trump to direct Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reinstate the so-called Cole Memo. The Department of Justice earlier this month…

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Colorado Congress members send letter to Sessions, urging reinstatement of Cole Memo

Published: Jan 9, 2018, 2:11 pm • Updated: Jan 9, 2018, 6:28 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Colorado congressional legislators fired off a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking that he reconsider last week’s rescission of the Cole Memo and related marijuana guidance. Democratic representatives…

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Report: Sessions to rescind Cole Memo that kept feds out of legal marijuana states

Published: Jan 4, 2018, 6:48 am • Updated: Jan 4, 2018, 8:46 am By Sadie Gurman, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of…

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The text of Jeff Sessions’ memo to rescind Obama-era marijuana policies

Published: Jan 4, 2018, 10:32 am • Updated: Jan 4, 2018, 10:49 am By The Cannabist Staff United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo Thursday morning to all United States Attorneys, that he is changing federal enforcement policy effective immediately. The contents of the posted memo are below.…

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Hardliner who crafted Sessions’ harsher sentences memo turns to marijuana policy

Published: May 30, 2017, 7:37 am • Updated: May 30, 2017, 10:35 am By Sadie Gurman, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A zealous prosecutor who was crucial in writing the Justice Department’s new policy encouraging harsher punishments for criminals is now turning his attention to hate crimes, marijuana and the…

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Cannabis Industry Professionals Respond to Jeff Sessions Memo

Attorney General Jeff Sessions directs prosecutors to seek toughest drug charges, harshest practices of the drug war.  How will cannabis industry professionals respond to Jeff Sessions memo? In a two-page memo sent to more than 5,000 assistant U.S. attorneys across the country and all assistant AGs in Washington, the policy…

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