Last January, the Trump administration lifted an Obama-era policy that prevented federal intervention in states that have legalized cannabis for medicinal or recreational use. The move caused uncertainty and concern for many involved in the state-legalized production and sale of cannabis as all uses of marijuana continue to be prohibited by the federal government.
Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears to be clearing the air by saying that federal authorities will not be cracking down on "small marijuana cases."
“I am not going to tell Colorado or California or someone else that possession of marijuana is legal under United States law,” Attorney General told a group of students at Georgetown Law School yesterday. He added that federal prosecutors “haven’t been working small marijuana cases before, they are not going to be working them now.”
Instead the focus of federal authorities will be large-scale and illegal cannabis growing operations, and gangs that deal in illicit marijuana sales. Whether or not those illicit operations include state-licensed cultivators and retailers will be up to the interpretation of the US prosecutors tasked with handling cannabis offenses.
“Those are the kinds of things each one of those U.S. attorneys will decide how to handle,” Sessions added.
So people buying a few grams here and there for personal use in legal states like California are probably okay, but the fate of the dispensaries themselves as well as their suppliers is still up in the air.