Jeff Sessions Says Department of Justice Will Not Pursue Minor Cannabis Cases
After years of posturing, Sessions came clean over the weekend and confirmed that the Department of Justice is neither thinking about nor equipped to prosecute canna-business in 420-friendly states.
America’s state-legal ganjapreneurs can breathe a little simpler today, and it’s all thanks to Jeff Sessions (yes, you read that right).
While America’s staunchly prohibitionist Attorney General wasn’t removed from office– and he definitely hasn’t changed his reefer insanity viewpoints– Sessions admitted in a speech to Georgetown University law trainees this past Saturday that US Attorneys and the Department of Justice would not be pursuing “little marijuana cases.”
Even before Sessions took over as America’s top cop, the Alabama lawman has actually made anti-cannabis advocacy a sticking point of his political career. Given that assuming the function as Donald Trump’s Attorney General last year, Sessions has brought those views to the national stage, including his comparing cannabis to lethal drugs like heroin, continually threatening to sic federal police on state-approved cannabis operators, and rescinding the Cole Memo, an Obama-era regulation created to safeguard state-level canna-business.
Now, inning accordance with the Associated Press, after a year of persistent worry, marijuana growers, sellers, and users throughout the nation have one less thing to fret about, with a company confirmation that Sessions and his cronies won’t be barging through dispensary doors anytime quickly.
” We’re not going to be able, even if we preferred, to take over state enforcement of routine cases that might occur,” Sessions informed Georgetown Law students on Saturday, Marijuana Moment reports. “Federal agents are extremely paid, extremely trained, and they deal with cases involving cartels, international organizations, significant circulation networks, big quantities of cash. And they deal with criminal companies, RICO-type cases. And we’re not out there prosecuting those cases every day.”
Sessions restated that the DOJ’s cannabis focus will remain on large-scale trafficking operations working outside of state laws. Because those black market interdictions were motivated under the Cole Memo, it appears that Sessions’ decision to remove the Obama-era standard was just for optics, and did not signify a considerable change in federal enforcement, as lots of marijuana service providers and users had anticipated.
” I am not going to inform Colorado or California or someone else that ownership of marijuana is legal under United States law,” Sessions said, inning accordance with the Associated Press. However, he included, federal prosecutors “have not been working small marijuana cases before, they are not going to be working them now.”
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