Those in Los Angeles wanting to be amongst the first people to purchase legalized marijuana in the city were greeted with long lines at dispensaries.
Despite a wait time of over an hour, the general consensus is that people are overwhelmingly in support of the decision to reclassify marijuana from medical to recreational.
Although we’re only four days into the new year, there are already signs from the U.S. government that they intend to once again make make marijuana laws less lenient.
During the Obama-era marijuana policy, states were left to decide how they should handle personal usage – with the legality never shifting from a federal standpoint – but generally barring federal law enforcement officials from interfering with marijuana sales in states where it was voted on as being legal.
Now, according to AP, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “new stance will instead let federal prosecutors where marijuana is legal decide how aggressively to enforce longstanding federal law prohibiting it.”
Needless to say, those who purchase marijuana legally could still potentially be charged with crimes under Sessions’ proposed plans. In the past, he has stated that marijuana is only “slightly less awful” than using heroin.
To date, 29 states have adopted medical marijuana laws and seven more – including Massachusetts, where retail sales are scheduled to begin in July – classify it for recreational use.
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