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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Remains Committed to Enforcing Federal Cannabis Laws

  • President Trump said he ” probably will end up supporting,” STATES Act last Friday, despite conflicting comments from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
  • Sessions: “Of course, [marijuana’s] not the death-dealing drug in the same way that fentanyl or heroin is, but it remains on the books as a prohibited substance.”
  • The General Attorney also reported to the Colorado Public Radio, that he has not received direct word from Trump instructing him to change his stance regarding nationwide legalization, or to let up on legislation limiting state-wide sanctions.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Remains Committed to Enforcing Federal Cannabis Laws

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions shows no signs of backing away from a potential Department of Justice (DOJ) crackdown on state-legal cannabis businesses, despite an agreement reached by President Donald Trump and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) earlier this spring.

After Sessions’ repeal of the Cole Memo in January, Gardner vowed to block all DOJ appointments until Sessions softened his stance on cannabis, a siege that prevented at least 11 nominees from getting a Senate floor vote.

In April, Trump promised Gardner that he would support congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized cannabis within their borders. On Friday, Trump said he “probably will end up supporting” the STATES Act, which was introduced by Gardner and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), also on Friday, to eliminate the threat of federal intervention and prosecution in states that have regulated marijuana use and sales.

Sessions, on the other hand, has told Colorado Public Radio (CPR) that he was not told by Trump to back off from states that have legalized cannabis. “I did not have a meeting to discuss in detail what [Gardner’s] comments were,” he said. “They were more about the potential future legislation, as I recall…

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