AG’s letter to Oregon governor highlights illicit marijuana sector

Following similar letters to two other governors, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown noting that her state’s legal marijuana businesses haven’t slowed the illicit marijuana market.

Sessions was responding to an April letter from Brown and the governors of Colorado, Washington state and Alaska that asked the Justice and Treasury departments to maintain the position on cannabis they held under the Obama administration, the Denver Post reported. The four governors’ states all have legal marijuana laws.

The letter to Brown was comparable to the ones he sent to Colorado and Washington’s governors but also included information from an Oregon state police report, the newspaper reported.

According to the state police, Oregon’s regulatory scheme has allowed “an effective means to launder cannabis products and proceeds” – a violation of the Cole Memo. Sessions wrote that the findings raise “serious questions” about Oregon’s ability to comply with the Cole Memo, the Post reported.

The attorney general’s letters to the three governors – all dated July 24 – are yet another warning that Sessions remains a threat to legal marijuana businesses. The letters also come after a task force commissioned by Sessions recommended the Justice Department continue its current approach to the cannabis industry.

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3 comments on “AG’s letter to Oregon governor highlights illicit marijuana sector
  1. Vin Hennessy on

    What proof does Sessions have that legal marijuana is being diverted to the black market? I’m sure he would have had a bust or two to prove his point. If he had proof, he would have more tweets than his boss.

    It will not surprise me if Sessions now goes out of his way to MANUFACTURE that so-called evidence.

  2. Mike on

    The elf and some cops twiddle over pot while the trumpster tries to goad nk into a war. We have bigger issues but they keep fighting the majority will on plane legalization up to the fed level.

  3. Joseph on

    Legalized Cannabis provides excellent cover for the illicit trade just like when limited, regulated ivory was enacted in China. The regulation keeps prices high, hence the black market prospers. The only cure is to produce and sell for less than what the black market can do. Ten years from now marijuana will cost the same as a tomato and that will end it.

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