|RT | Jan 12, 2018|
|Attorney General Jeff Sessions © Joshua Roberts / Reuters|
Mayors from Colorado and Washington – the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana back in 2012 – are the lead authors of a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions in response to the crackdown announced last week.
Also named in the letter addressed to Sessions, who is coming after marijuana legalization by unleashing federal law enforcement, were mayors from New York, California, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Wisconsin, Arizona and Indiana.
Last week Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidelines that allowed states to legalize cannabis without the interference of the federal government as long as the drug was not marketed to minors, trafficked by cartels, sold across state lines, or cultivated on federal land.
Seattle won’t be bullied by the Trump Administration which is obsessed with undoing progress that we’ve made on key issues, including legalization. pic.twitter.com/IColRqVtBf— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) January 4, 2018
In the letter, the city mayors urged the president to focus on the opioid crisis, which they say is “at an all-time high throughout this country” instead of wasting “law enforcement resources and taxpayer money on prosecuting legal activity.”
This map is dope! Here’s where weed is legal in the US (IMAGE) https://t.co/l5MENMhw4fpic.twitter.com/iP1Yjucv9L— RT (@RT_com) January 4, 2018
The legalization of marijuana has been extremely beneficial for city economies. Washington is predicted to take in $730 million in combined revenue from sales in 2017 and 2018, according to Reuters. While Colorado has seen over $500 million in tax revenue since 2014.
California became the latest – and largest – state to legalize recreational marijuana on January 1. Vermont is set to become the first state to legalize the drug without a voter ballot.