U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved to rescind Obama-era guidance, aka the Cole Memo, which allowed states to implement their own cannabis laws without federal interference. His boss, President Donald Trump, said if elected he would make cannabis a states’ rights issue.
Sessions’s move, which is likely to put the federal government in conflict with states where cannabis is legal for recreational use, has the emerging cannabis market entrepreneurs questioning what will happen next.
Though the Trump Administration and Jeff Sessions announced that they will retract the Cole memorandum, and that would devolve prosecutorial authority to the local US Attorney’s offices in each state, it’s unlikely that the US Attorney in Oregon, or any of the other 7 states where adult use cannabis is legal, would attempt to prosecute people who are abiding by state licenses.
The American people will not just sit idly by while Sessions and the Trump Administration upend all the progress that has been made in dialing back the mass incarceration fueled by cannabis arrests and would destabilize an industry that is now responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs. Ending our disgraceful war on marijuana is the will of the people and the Trump Administration can expect severe backlash for opposing it.
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