Jeff Sessions Assures Senators That No Cannabis Crackdown Is Coming

It seems that cannabis activists in the United States may be able to (tentatively) breathe a sigh of relief. It’s been revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has privately reassured Republican senators that he is not considering a major shift in marijuana enforcement after all.

“He told me he would have some respect for states' rights on these things. And so I’ll be very unhappy if the federal government decides to go into Colorado and Washington and all of these places. And that’s not the [what] my interpretation of my conversation with him was. That this wasn’t his intention," said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in an interview.

Senator Paul campaigned to reform America's marijuana laws while running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. 

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) added that administration officials indicated there is no big policy change coming.

"Nothing at this point has changed," Gardner said.

Sessions previously rattled cannabis activists by suggesting he may deviate from an Obama-era policy of letting states implement their own cannabis laws.

On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) sent a letter urging Sessions to uphold this policy.

Press secretary Sean Spicer recently stated there could be "greater enforcement" of federal cannabis laws, followed by Sessions himself saying he was "dubious about marijuana" and would be reviewing current policy.

h/t Politico

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