Will a move Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice concerning marijuana prosecutions thwart a push to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan?
And could it slow down the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in the state?
“It’s just way too early to have an answer,” said Ric Huff, administrator for the city of Niles, which opted last year to join in Michigan’s new medical marijuana commercial system.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded a 2013 Obama administration policy that gave states some latitude to legalize marijuana.
The old policy directed federal authorities not to prioritize prosecution of marijuana-related cases. Sessions’ new stance is to let federal prosecutors where marijuana is legal decide how aggressively to enforce federal law prohibiting it.
It’s not clear how the move could affect states such as Michigan where marijuana is legal for medical use, or how it could affect the spread of recreational legalization.
Legal medical marijuana dates back more than 20 years and is approved in 29 states. Eight states