U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello is opposed to a directive by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that would give federal prosecutors more authority to enforce federal marijuana laws in states where the drug has been legalized in some form, writes Fran Maye for the Daily Local News.
“States administering medical marijuana dispensaries pursuant to state law should be left alone by the U.S. Attorney General’s office,” Costello said. “I will continue to make this clear to the (Trump) Administration.
“Whether it’s industrial hemp for excellent nutrient management of agricultural soils, or marijuana medically prescribed for a patient with cancer or PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome), I think medicinal research and state regulations should be our guide, not outdated federal regulations.”
In Pennsylvania, patients with certain illnesses may legally use marijuana as part of their medical treatment plan.
In 29 states and Washington, D.C., marijuana is legal for certain uses. However, the drug is still illegal under federal law, creating a conflict between federal and state law.
Gov. Tom Wolf has also criticized the recent Trump Administration directive, which negates the Obama Administration’s policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws.
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