But until federal law changes, the VA is not "able to prescribe medical marijuana".
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., will meet with Sessions Wednesday morning to further discuss his concerns with Sessions' decision.
"This clarified an earlier statement in which the U.S. Attorney said, ".the Attorney General rescinded the Cole Memo on marijuana prosecutions and directed that federal marijuana prosecution decisions be governed by the same principles that govern all federal prosecution decisions. And medical marijuana has been recognized as helpful in treating the effects of chemotherapy and easing the eye pressure associated with glaucoma.
Thomas said if the federal government does what Sessions has authorized and enforces the Controlled Substances Act, medical marijuana users would be in violation of the most stringent provision of federal drug laws.
Anxious that owning up to using the drug could jeopardize their VA benefits - even if they're participating in a medical marijuana program approved by California or 28 other states and the District of Columbia - veterans have often kept mum. I took an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States, and that is what this office has done and will continue to do throughout my term as USA attorney. His attorney general, on the other hand, is widely acknowledged as adamantly opposed to marijuana in all its forms.
Rep. Seth Moulton, who represents the state's 6th Congressional District, also said that Sessions' announcement shows how out-of-step the Trump Administration is with the public. An amendment to a budget bill that would prohibit the Department of Justice from spending money on marijuana enforcement in states like Colorado that have legalized pot is one idea that is gaining traction among Colorado lawmakers. But any such Republicans who felt Trump would be a pro-marijuana president were misguided, said Jeffrey Miron, a Harvard University economist who studies the economics of libertarianism with a focus on illegal drugs.
"Libertarians certainly knew when he appointed Jeff Sessions that there was a serious risk in an escalation of the war on drugs", he said.
Baker, who did not support the ballot initiative that brought legal marijuana to MA, added that it has the support of the people, and that he would tell Lelling he should "recognize and understand that the voters of MA voted to create a legal, regulated recreational marijuana market here in the commonwealth".
Across the aisle from the Republican governor, the Democratic speaker of the house said Monday that Lelling's statement brings uncertainty to the entrepreneurs and investors who are compliant with MA law.
That means any kind of marijuana use, even in minuscule amounts, would be prohibited under federal law. Sessions called their hard work and thoughtful approach "unnecessary". I have filed 19 lawsuits against the Trump administration, so I have some experience in the courtroom with the federal government. Twenty-nine states allow the use of medical marijuana. 'I'm a states person.
Colorado is one of eight states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.