DOJ's Pot Protocol Angers Governors And Lawmakers

Law360, New York (January 5, 2018, 7:00 PM EST) -- Uncertainty surrounding the Department of Justice’s marijuana prosecution protocol released on Thursday has angered governors, riled lawmakers and upset cannabis dispensaries, all of which said federal overreach and a sporadic policy should not inhibit the growth of an estimated $10.8 billion annual industry.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown decried the move by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling the unexpected change from a five-year-old Obama-era policy deeply concerning and disruptive to her state's economy.

“Over 19,000 jobs have been created by the [marijuana] market that Oregon worked carefully to build in good faith,” Brown said in a statement released Thursday, adding that...

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