Sessions: DOJ will adopt ‘responsible policies’ on marijuana

In his first public remarks about marijuana since being confirmed as U.S. attorney general, Jeff Sessions told reporters on Monday that his Department of Justice will strive to find “responsible policies” regarding the enforcement of federal cannabis laws.

According to the Associated Press, Sessions – who was a vocal marijuana critic as a U.S. senator before being chosen as President Donald Trump’s attorney general – added that he doesn’t believe the United States would be better off with “more people smoking pot.”

“I am definitely not a fan of expanded use of marijuana,” he added. “But states, they can pass the laws they choose. I would just say, it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.”

Sessions also said the DOJ is reviewing an Obama-era memo that enabled states to pass marijuana laws, and that marijuana and violence are linked more than “one would think.” Obama’s justice department drafted two major cannabis-industry related memos, the Ogden Memo in 2009 and the Cole Memo in 2013, along with two other Cole Memos.

Sessions also met Monday with Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson. According to NPR, Peterson told Sessions he was worried about a “big overflow” of cannabis from Colorado, a neighboring state where recreational and medical marijuana is legal.

Sessions’ comments are consistent with those of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who last Thursday predicted an uptick in enforcement of federal laws against adult-use marijuana businesses, while also indicating that medical cannabis companies would likely be left alone.

6 comments on “Sessions: DOJ will adopt ‘responsible policies’ on marijuana
  1. alyson on

    I would be really interested to see any correlation between DUI’s going up/down in CO since legalization. I would also be very interested to see any factual evidence supporting the notion that marijuana and violence are linked. My experience has been 180 degrees different, but I’m willing to be proved wrong. In CO, what does the trend of domestic violence or any other violent assault show us since legalization?

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    • Prosncons on

      Alcohol is a legal drug … As bad as it is ….. There are a lot of pros and a few cons with so called recreational marijuana .. But no one should be legalizing taxing or regulating a FREE growing plant !!!???

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    • rexford mccann on

      I would imagine any Violence would be the product of it’s illegal status…such as gang violence associated with trafficking
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  2. Eric on

    Sorry but the White House and the DOJ are a big joke! First and foremost they both have real power to disrupt or dismantal the rec mj movment but they will not it would be a pr nightmare! More than half the country is for legal rec. and it’s only growing. They have said that they will not touch medical… really no wonder it’s hard to throw terminally ill people in prison. So we are going to have an industry slow down but not stopped. They sad it not me! So they are going to let the medical industry lay the foundation for rec mj once there gone. My only wish is that trump and sessions are out sooner than later! And violence associated with pot your right if you leave pot in the black or semi black market your going to get violence… my four year old could put this together… people don’t have any regulations or protections. Remember It happen in the 1920. So our highest law inforcement office is ready to send the legal markets back to black market right? Nope the market will shift to medical and docs will give out scrips for it just like they did in the 1920s. Whis these guys would open a history book and smell the “hard coffee”. But session is an old white guy from the Deep South and is probably proud as hell of his great grandfather fighting for his out dated ideology and now Its his time to do the same. Hey Sessions heads up your ancestors lost and eventually so will
    you.

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