AG Sessions on Cannabis Memo

U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated that he finds the Obama Administration’s Cole Memorandum okay and will likely stay in effect, perhaps with some modifications. The Cole Memorandum, issued by the Department of Justice in 2013 and modified since then, provides guidance to U. S. Attorneys around the country on what they should look for in deciding to enforce the U. S Controlled Substances Act. If the eight Cole Memo requirements, such as not selling cannabis to minors and not selling through recognized drug trafickers, are followed, U. S. Atornetys are urged to use their resources for other enforcement activities.

“The Cole Memorandum set up some policies under President Obama’s Department of Justice about how cases should be selected in those states, and what would be appropriate for federal prosecution, much of which I think is valid,” Sessions said on Wednesday March 15, in Richmond, VA.

“I may have some different ideas myself in addition to that,” Sessions continued, “but essentially, we’re not able to go into a state and pick up the work that police and sheriffs have been doing for decades.”

Showing knowledge about cannabis and its use, the Attorney-General also indicated that guidance on THC strength and other information may be helpful, indicating that further guidance may be added to law enforcement prerogatives.


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