They had closed down several hundred before Congress intervened with budget restrictions that halted the lawsuits - one of them targeting Harborside Health Center in Oakland, the nation's largest licensed cannabis dispensary - as well as most federal criminal prosecutions. They are surrounded by attorneys who have spent their careers arguing federal cases before judges who can make their displeasure with a USA attorney known in sentencing decisions and in the scheduling of cases.
That reversed the election campaign stance by President Donald Trump favoring state marijuana laws, and set up a potential clash with the six U.S. states that have already moved ahead to legalize pot sales.
If agreement is not reached on the overall bill by that date, the government will shut down.
Congress voted in its last session to extend a spending provision known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which blocks the Justice Department from using federal funds to impede the implementation of state medical marijuana laws.
A total of five businesses are licensed to cultivate, manufacture and sell marijuana products for medicinal purposes in New York, according to the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association. That environment will not change because of a memo from the attorney general, Little said.
Obama-era guidance gave low priority to prosecutions of medical marijuana dispensing under state law. "We believe USA attorneys' offices should be opened up to bring all of these cases that are necessary to be brought".
Robert Troyer, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado and the man who decides how to enforce federal cannabis laws here, issued a statement shortly after Sessions issued his memo, saying that his office had already been operating under the principles Sessions outlined, and would continue focusing on the "greatest safety threats to our communities around the state".
North Korea hit its own city in missile launch blunder
USA president Donald Trump had said North Korea is "doing the wrong thing", and that he would be sending an armada to Pyongyang. But more recent missile tests have been more successful and have travelled long distances, with some flying over parts of Japan.
States and localities - not federal prosecutors - would be responsible for low-level pot dealing and use, one of Cole's memos said.
Marijuana has never been legal under federal law, and it still isn't.
The marijuana landscape has shifted dramatically since those memos, the latest of which was authored in 2013.
Sessions' move sends a message to federal officials throughout the country that prosecuting people under federal law for using marijuana in states that have legalized marijuana is no problem. Legalization has given a shot in the arm to the industry, attracting investors looking to cash in on the green-rush scramble. And while Sessions' memo does not instruct federal prosecutors to bring more marijuana cases, he could order stricter enforcement in the future.
"Jeff Sessions' obsession with marijuana prohibition defies logic, threatens successful state-level reforms, and flies in the face of widespread public support for legalization", said Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug reform advocacy group. He later became a career state and federal prosecutor who has spoken favorably of a previous federal marijuana crackdown.
Acting Supreme Court Justice W. Brooks DeBow rejected the companies' contention that the law enabling medical marijuana production in the state meant to restrict the number of companies to five. "You need to double down on compliance, be a good neighbor, pay your taxes, and that should keep you out of the crosshairs with the federal government", he says. She just wants the federal government to refrain, selectively, from enforcing those laws.
Mariota rolled to his left and threw toward the end zone, but Chiefs cornerback Darrell Revis deflected the pass back toward him. Titans coach Mike Mularkey expected he may have been fighting for his job during last weekend's regular season finale.
On his move from AS Roma, the Egyptian stated, "I have had two incredible season with Roma and I was very happy over there". I want to encourage young girls out there to not let people discourage you and to follow your own heart".
Ellen explained, and Khloe then responded, "I am pregnant!" "Still, as active as I have been during my pregnancy, I feel great". She has family and friends come to her house instead so she has company. "I don't know when I'm having the baby yet.
Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail in connection with the fodder scam . The trial in the case was completed on December 13 in the special CBI court and 10 days later, he was convicted on December 23.
Iovine worked with Bruce Springsteen , John Lennon , U2, Eminem and Tupac during his career in the record business. According to multiple reports, Iovine could bid farewell to the digital giant's Apple Music by next summer.
The commuters complained that auto rickshaws and taxis charged exorbitant fares as the public transport system was hit. The striking unions wanted the "factor" for revision to be fixed at 2.57 while the government insisted it be 2.44.
JOE GIBBS: Gibbs won three Super Bowl titles with three separate quarterbacks during a 12-year run in Washington. The team went 30-34 in his four seasons, making the playoffs twice and winning one game before retiring again.
Apple explains that Meltdown "has the the most potential to be exploited", while Spectre is "extremely difficult" to exploit. If the prediction was wrong, this speculative execution is rolled back in a way that is meant to be invisible to software.
The previous coach Jack Del Rio was sacked after the last game of the season, and Gruden is set to interview with them Monday. It is believed that he will bring in well regarded Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther to run his defense.
In 2016, nearly $370m went to Unrwa, an agency that provides assistance to some five million Palestinian refugees across the Middle East.
Jaguars defeat Bills 10-3
The Bills got the chance after Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith jumped offside on fourth-and-3, giving Buffalo a first down. The drive culminated in Blake Bortles' 1-yard touchdown pass to Ben Koyack with 49 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Steve Bannon says he regrets comments about Trump Jr
Bannon was quoted as saying he was certain Trump Jr would have taken the Russians who took part in the meeting to meet his father. Bannon said Manafort was "a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate".
MI stores in new round of Sears & Kmart closings
Sears had already been planning to downsize in Orland Park , where it's been an anchor store since the mall opened in 1976. Sears Holdings announced today that it is closing 64 Kmart stores, including its location at Laurel Mall near Hazleton.
FA Cup Report: Norwich City v Chelsea 06 January 2018
Conte admitted: "For sure there is a bit of disappointment because we have another match in a schedule that is so busy". "When a striker plays he wants to score, but I'm pleased for his commitment and his work for the team".
Falcons Hang On Against the Rams for a Tough Playoff Win
The Falcons know they can outscore anyone despite seeing more than a 10-point drop-off in their scoring average from a year ago. Goff finished 24 of 45 for 259 yards and a touchdown but it was not enough to beat a Falcons defense loaded up to stop the run.
Legendary astronaut, moonwalker John Young has died
In his autobiography, he revealed that he felt responsible for the shuttle accidents of the Challenger (1986) and Columbia (2003). On Apollo 10 , in May 1969, Nasa performed what it called "a full dress rehearsal" for landing men on the moon two months later.
Ice, freezing rain possible Sunday
Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 8 miles per hour in the afternoon. New snow and sleet accumulations of less than half-an-inch is possible.
Letterman lands Obama as first guest on new Netflix show
Episodes will each feature one person who Letterman finds fascinating, with interviews both inside and outside a studio setting. The new series marks Letterman's first regular series since leaving his post as host of CBS's The Late Show in May 2015.