What does Jeff Sessions’ new marijuana policy mean for Ohio?

Ohio’s fledgling medical marijuana program won’t immediately be affected by a new federal marijuana enforcement policy announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Ohio regulators are moving ahead with establishing the program, and state medical marijuana programs are still protected by a federal budget amendment preventing the Department of Justice from spending money on enforcement in those states.

But industry players and experts said the policy change will generate more confusion and uncertainty about whether it’s legal to grow, sell and buy marijuana in Ohio and 28 other states while the drug remains illegal federally. And the move puts pressure on Congress to keep in place what’s become a $16 billion industry, according to one industry researcher.

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