As Jeff Sessions rescinded the protections for legally operating marijuana businesses across the country, Minnesota is examining what the potential impact in the state might be. Sessions has called on state U.S. Attorneys to decide what types of marijuana industry activities to prosecute. The attorneys are expected to take social impact as well as the severity of the crime into consideration.
Sessions’ went against statements President Trump has made regarding marijuana being a states’ rights issue, according to MPR News. No one knows what to expect yet. The medical marijuana industry remains protected under the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, but if it is left out of the federal budget bill, the medical marijuana industry could be under attack too.
The Minnesota Department of Health is evaluating the announcement. They’re attempting to understand what it may mean for the state’s medical marijuana program.
In a statement, the department said, “What we do know is that Minnesota’s medical cannabis program has reduced the pain and suffering of thousands of Minnesotans dealing with serious health conditions – conditions that in some cases do not respond effectively to other available treatment options. We are committed to doing all we can to ensure their continued well-being.”
From that statement, it appears that Minnesota intends to fight to protect the state’s medical marijuana program and its patients.