Although some of the latest comments from the Trump Administration seem to indicate that a federal crackdown is on the horizon with respect to the recreational marijuana industry, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently suggested that such action is simply “not possible.”
In an interview today with national talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, Sessions said that while the Department of Justice will “enforce law in an appropriate way nationwide,” he admits that Uncle Sam just doesn’t have the necessary resources to close the doors on the legal cannabis community – at least not entirely.
“It’s not possible for the federal government, of course, to take over everything the local police used to do in a state that’s legalized it,” Sessions explained. “And I’m not in favor of legalization of marijuana. I think it’s a more dangerous drug than a lot of people realize. I don’t think we’re going to be a better community if marijuana is sold in every corner grocery store.”
But Hewitt, who, himself, is opposed to legal weed, went to question Sessions about how he might use the nation’s racketeering laws to start a domino effect within the industry.
Yet Sessions told him the situation was much too big to approach in that manner.
“I think it’s a little more complicated than one RICO case, I’ve got to tell you,” he said. “This, places like Colorado, it’s just sprung up a lot of different independent entities that are moving marijuana. And it’s also being moved interstate, not just in the home state.”
Although it remains perfectly clear that Sessions is not a fan of what is happening across the nation with legal weed, it does not appear, at least for the moment, that he has figured out how to stick a wrench in decades of progress without creating additional problems.
Interestingly, Sessions’ latest comments seem to cosign what federal lawmakers said last week – that the Department of Justice would likely adhere to former President Obama’s hands off approach to legal weed. Most feel, the primary mission of the Trump Administration is to stop the organized crime.
“He was talking about if there’s cartels involved in illegal operations, they’re going to crack down on that,” said Senator Corey Gardner of Colorado, when asked about some of the recent statements from key Trump staffers. “That’s what everybody’s saying. I still haven’t heard Jeff Sessions say that, “there's a big policy change coming.”
However, what is definitely clear is the Department of Justice has not finished contemplating its move on the legal cannabis trade, and Sessions told Hewitt that the DOJ is still “evaluating” how they want to handle legal marijuana.