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Editorial: Minor violations shouldn’t close cannabis growers

Editorial: Minor violations shouldn’t close cannabis growers

February 27, 2019 | The Herald Editorial Board

When the rules were being made following the passage in 2012 of Initiative 502 — which legalized recreational marijuana and provided for its production and sale — uncertainty about how the federal government would react led to some no-nonsense and necessary regulations that attempted to show that Washington and other states took seriously their responsibilities to keep cannabis from falling into the hands of kids, crossing state lines or finding its way into the black market.

During the span of the Obama and Trump administrations the attitude at the federal level has shifted from one of eased enforcement under Obama’s Justice Department, swinging to threats of a crackdown by Trump’s first Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and back again to guidance from new Attorney General William Barr that he won’t go after growers in states where marijuana is legal.

Editorial: Minor violations shouldn’t close cannabis growers






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