Even though stories of major upcoming federal crackdown in states which legalized cannabis have been going around for a while now, it seems that the crackdown has come to a bust. There will most likely be no federal crackdowns on cannabis in the coming future as the Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stayed quite on the topic.
The Department of Justice Task Force for crime reduction and public safety has announced that the DOJ: “has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general’s aggressively anti-marijuana views.”
According to the Associated Press, which obtained a copy of the said recommendations, the subcommittee which reviewed the case says officials “should evaluate whether to maintain, revise or rescind” a 2013 memo issued by Deputy Attorney General James Cole that established a policy of prosecutorial restraint regarding state-licensed marijuana businesses.
So far, Attorney Sessions seems positively affected by the 2013 memo, being inclined to use the Cole memo as a guide to enforcement rather than throwing it away since the memo allows the government a more vigorous enforcement of the federal ban on marijuana.
The memo lists eight “enforcement priorities” as possible justifications for a federal crackdown on states with legal cannabis, a few of which are either impossible to complete (such as “preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal…to other states”) or just too comprehensive (such as “adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use.”) which could always be used as a pretext to a federal crackdown.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote: “Please advise as to how Washington plans…to ensure that all marijuana activity is compliant with state marijuana laws, to combat diversion of marijuana, to protect public health and safety, and to prevent marijuana use by minors,” also asking the federal government to “address several concerns related to the enforcement priorities, including interstate smuggling, stoned driving, and underage consumption”.