What is Jeff Sessions planning to do with legal pot? CREDIT: DOJWe’ve been waiting months for the Justice Department to announce its plans for recreational marijuana markets in states that legalized the drug contra federal law. Yesterday, HuffPost published a letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee that provides some (but not much) clarity.
In a letter dated July 24, Sessions asks Inslee to “please advise as to how Washington plans to address” a 2016 report from the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area that claimed Washington has failed to comply with the eight enforcement priorities laid out in the “Cole memorandum,” issued by Pres. Obama’s Justice Department in August 2013 and named for Deputy Attorney General James Cole.
To recap, the Cole memo stated that post-legalization in Colorado and Washington, federal law enforcement agencies remained committed to:
Preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors Preventing gangs and organized crime from profiting off marijuana sales Preventing states that had legalized marijuana from exporting the drug to other states Preventing marijuana vendors in legalization states from engaging