U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded
the so-called Cole Memo
, which effectively blocked federal prosecutions of state-legal marijuana businesses. U.S. attorneys will now have broader discretion to pursue cannabis related prosecutions, potentially including cases against state-legal entities. For more see Bloomberg
. See Sessions’ memo here
Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R) quickly rebuked Sessions
, calling the move “a trampling of Colorado’s rights.” Gardner added that Sessions was breaking a personal pledge he had made to Gardner: “I would like to know from the attorney general: What changed?” For more see here
. After distancing himself from Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, It’s Gardner’s second recent break from the administration.
Tom Angell rounds up an array of politicians’ reactions
. Officials in many legal states issued statements saying the decision wouldn’t affect their state industries. Several U.S. Attorneys said it would not affect the cases they pursue. A few U.S. Attorneys, like Andrew Lelling, a Trump appointee in Massachusetts, issuedmore ambiguous statements
The day before the cannabis news broke, Sessions appointed 17 new interim U.S. Attorneys
. After the news broke, Brian Stretch, the Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, abruptly resigned
to join a private firm. Sessions will presumably name a replacement for the district, which includes the Bay Area and the Emerald Triangle.
The Sessions news, Rolling Stone explains, highlights how weed is only “sort of” legal
in California. In a video, Shango Los captured Washington AG Bob Ferguson’s (D) response to Sessions