Sessions: Justice Department still discussing marijuana enforcement

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his Department of Justice have yet to make up their minds about how to approach federal marijuana policy.

That’s the latest from Sessions when it comes to the Trump administration’s murky cannabis policy. During a Wednesday press conference, he said that DOJ officials had been discussing marijuana enforcement “at some length” earlier this week, The Cannabist reported.

“It’s my view that the use of marijuana is detrimental and we should not give encouragement in any way to it,” Sessions said.

“It represents a federal violation which is in the law and is subject to being enforced, and our priorities will have to be focused on all the things and challenges we face,” he said. “We’ll be working our way through to a rational policy. But I don’t want to suggest in any way that this department believes that marijuana is harmless and people should not avoid it.”

Sessions’ latest statements – in which he appeared to equivocate over the fate of the 2013 Cole Memo – are yet another reinforcement for the ongoing federal uncertainty over national marijuana policy.

Less than two weeks ago, Sessions told a congressional committee that the Cole Memo was essentially still in effect.

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One comment on “Sessions: Justice Department still discussing marijuana enforcement
  1. Terry Lynch on

    It is time for the historical mistake of outlawing cannibus. The prohibition didn’t work for alcohol and it doesn’t work for cannibus. The strong regulation at the state level such as in Washington State is the proper answer. Control the entire process from grow to user and it will minimize the misuse as it does with alcohol. This is and should be a states’ rights issue, not some off the wall protectionism for the chemical/DRUG companies.

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