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Massachusetts Introduces Bill Barring Federal Enforcement on Marijuana

Massachusetts Introduces Bill Barring Federal Enforcement on Marijuana

Dina Al-Shibeeb
Dan Meandro, an employee, talks about how his dialogue with customers changes on December 15 with the new laws that allow Massachusetts residents over the age of 21 to possess, use and grow home-grow marijuana. (File image via AP)

The U.S. state of Massachusetts, who is en route to legalizing recreational weed late this year, has two of its lawmakers introducing a bill that will bar the federal government from clamping down on its budding marijuana market.  

Appointed by U.S. President Donald Trump last year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions had rescinded in January an Obama-era policy, which allowed U.S. states the freedom to operate their legal marijuana businesses.

Sessions annulled the policy after California became the largest U.S. state to ever legalize marijuana on Jan. 1.

The bill was introduced by Dave Rogers and Mike Connolly, who represent the city of Cambridge in the eastern state, The Entrepreneur reported on Thursday.

The two lawmakers also introduced the bill in response to U.S. attorney Andrew Lelling in Massachusetts – another Trump Administration appointee.

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Following Sessions move, which angered many including Republicans, Lelling said he could not offer any assurance that he would take a hands-off approach to cannabis operations in the state despite voters approval wanting legalized marijuana.

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