Senate confirms William Barr as U.S. attorney general

The U.S. Senate voted 54-45 on Thursday to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, installing a Justice Department veteran as the nation’s top law enforcement official.

During his confirmation hearings, Barr – who previously served as attorney general from 1991-1993 and was known for his tough approach to drug offenders – said he would “not go after” state-legal cannabis businesses if confirmed as the head of the Department of Justice.

However, Barr also said he still supports marijuana prohibition at the federal level, and called the current legal situation – with states defying the federal illegality of cannabis – “untenable.”

Whether Barr chooses a different approach to the cannabis industry than his anti-marijuana predecessor, Jeff Sessions, remains to be seen.

Barr would be able to prosecute recreational marijuana businesses across the country. But the Joyce Amendment – formerly known as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment – prohibits the DOJ from prosecuting state-legal medical marijuana companies.

In November, President Donald Trump fired Sessions and installed Matthew Whittaker as a temporary replacement. Whittaker had been Sessions’ chief of staff.

4 comments on “Senate confirms William Barr as U.S. attorney general
  1. George Bianchini on

    ”However, Barr also said he still supports marijuana prohibition at the federal level, and called the current legal situation – with states defying the federal illegality of cannabis – “untenable.”

    I have a cure for that, puff puff pass pass. Things will become much more tenable.
    Only on the weekends though. Someone has to watch 45 during the week.

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  2. jeff l on

    Come on Feds get on board your losing a potential to make billions in revenue.
    It`s alot better then drinking booze .
    Booze is trouble . Pot is not .
    Your always going to have idiots that either abuse it or can`t handle it to the point they give it a bad name and ruin it for everyone . That`s just a fact .But your not going to stop people from using it.
    Why not make alot of revenue and get it out of the hands of the black market.
    Plus if would be cultivated and processed in away that people could buy it without pesticides and or bacteria in the cannabis keeping any health issues to a minimum if there is any.

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  3. jeff l on

    What we need is a president that would push for legalizing cannabis at the federal level.
    If Trump would get behind it he`d probably win the next election.

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