FILE - This Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 photo shows jars of medical marijuana on display on the counter of Western Caregivers Medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions green-lighted federal prosecutors to pursue violators of federal marijuana laws, not only states that legalized recreational pot are at risk of a crackdown, but so is most of the rest of America. All but four states allow some form of medical marijuana, even Sessions' home state of Alabama. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Medical marijuana seen at risk following move by Sessions

January 05, 2018 - 5:59 pm

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions green-lighted federal prosecutions of marijuana lawbreakers, the vast majority of U.S. states that allow some form of medical marijuana were suddenly place at the risk of a crackdown. Many of them don't allow recreational marijuana sales and are warily watching developments.

Sessions' scrapping of Obama-era guidelines that limited the scope of federal prosecutions in marijuana-legal states has put a spotlight on those 46 states, including his home state of Alabama.

All in recent years legalized some form of medical marijuana. Only eight of those states allow recreational marijuana.

Among the legal guidance to U.S. prosecutors that Sessions rescinded was the so-called Ogden Memorandum of 2009.

It told federal prosecutors not to pursue cases against medical marijuana patients and distributors who complied with state laws.

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