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H.R.1227 - Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 - 115th Congress (2017-2018) This bill amends the Controlled Substances Act to provide that the Act's regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal penalties do not apply to with respect to marijuana.

Earlier this year, a federal court in New York found resident Bryant Hudson guilty of structuring charges and sentenced him to ten years in prison and a hefty $500,000 fine. Structuring is a crime that is very easy to unknowingly commit, and California cannabis businesses stuck operating cash-only transactions must be on high-alert.

In his letter, Sessions questions the power of the Cole Memorandum – a set of guidelines from the Obama Administration designed to give federal prosecutors clarity on how to operate in states that have legalized retail marijuana – and said that the Department of Justice's authority to enforce federal law in states that have legalized marijuana remains unaltered.

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