Cory Gardner meets with Jeff Sessions to discuss federal enforcement for marijuana


Sessions' newest guidance essentially rescinds Cole's 2013 guidance, calling marijuana a risky drug and a serious crime if used.

On Jan 4, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo and replaced it with a new, harsher policy memo.

Even so, in light of Sessions' move, "what we expect is major pushback" to make sure that the amendment protecting medical marijuana programs remains in place when Congress takes up the spending bill later this month, she said.

In a January 4 press announcement, Coffman urged Sessions to read the Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution, which limits the power of the federal government to regulate interstate and intrastate commerce.

Also yesterday, Bennett said the exit of a major debit card payment processor from the MA medical marijuana industry could set up a safety risk for dispensaries that are now forced to only accept cash. According to the Consumer Research Around Cannabis data, only 13.9% of the Birmingham respondents disapproved of cannabis legalization - putting Sessions in a small minority.

Members of the Colorado Congressional Delegation; led by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.; sent a bipartisan letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to reverse his decision on the Cole Memorandum.

"Voters in my state made a decision to be proactive and move forward to recognize that a prohibition isn't going to make marijuana go away - we need to regulate it to make it safer", Moulton said in a statement Wednesday.

Well, we can't say we didn't see this coming...we blogged back in March, 2017 on what the change in administration might mean for marijuana banking, and the federal government announced a change in its policy towards marijuana enforcement late last week.

Sessions' announcement, further reinforced by Andrew Lelling, Boston's new USA attorney, demonstrates the pitfalls of trying to establish parallel sets of laws for marijuana or any other controlled industry. "I think that the statement of the Attorney General is that it is still illegal at the federal level and I support that", he said. And in many states that enacted medical marijuana laws, voters backed the measures through referendums. Tom Darcy, liaison to Dist. 1 County Supervisor and Board Chair Robert Lovingood, pointed out in the NDBA meeting that with 29 states approving medical use votes likely now exist to change federal marijuana law.

According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 70 percent of Americans are against a federal crackdown on legal pot.

Currently, 30 states plus Washington DC have passed laws that legalize marijuana, either for recreational or medicinal use.

Gardner accuses Sessions of being untruthful about how he'd treat marijuana during his senate confirmation process and trampling on state's rights by rescinding the "Cole memo," a DOJ document that set a framework for allowing state-legalized marijuana sales to happen without fear of federal law enforcement.

"This is definitely one of the barriers", Carmichael said.

Congress could fix this easily enough by revisiting the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, where marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug alongside heroin.