Without Congressional action, medical marijuana at risk from Sessions

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But Congress could soon pull the rug out from under Maryland and the other states that have legalized medical marijuana. Rohrabacher insists Sessions is out of step with President Donald Trump, who has expressed support for medical marijuana. It prohibits the Justice Department from spending any money to prosecute medical marijuana users and sellers operating legally under state laws. But the prospect of the prosecution ban expiring has spread anxiety across the national marijuana industry. Maryland’s medical marijuana program, finally about to launch, could remain grounded if Congress fails to extend limits on federal prosecutions for using and selling the drug.

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Maryland’s medical marijuana program, finally about to launch, could remain grounded if Congress fails to extend limits on federal prosecutions for using and selling the drug.

Under pressure from the anti-cannabis Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the House of Representatives is balking at preserving an Obama-era provision that gives the states space to decide their own approaches to regulating the drug.

Maryland, joining almost 30 other states, is preparing to legalize marijuana for the purpose of treating medical conditions. After years of delays, its first licensed grower is weeks away from offering an approved product to sell to patients on the recommendation of a medical practitioner.

But Congress could soon pull the rug out from under Maryland and the other states that have legalized medical marijuana.

Leah Heise, a dispensary license holder who plans to open her doors in Hampden by January, said the entire industry is watching Congress with concern.

“Everybody...

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