It seems like, for decades now, the DOJ has done an interesting legal and political dance with state-legal cannabis.
Donald Trump privately pushed back against the former Attorney General after rescinding the Cole Memo, telling Cory Gardner that '[Sessions] needs to stop this.'
The Trump administration is turning over a new leaf concerning the cannabis culture in the United States, and that may begin under the guidance of a new Attorney General, William Barr.
As Attorney General, William Barr would essentially revive the Cole Memo and take a ‘hands-off’ approach to those states that have legalized marijuana.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington says that while she still has “concerns” about recreational marijuana, she is “against” Sessions' decision to toss the Cole Memo in the trash.
The Massachusetts Senator also shared how the STATES Act came to be behind the scenes.
The STATES Act—which stands for Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States—could provide a federal solution to marijuana. Introduced by Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Gardner, the potential bill would allow states to enact and regulate cannabis regulation free from federal overreach.
Cannabis’ status as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential of abuse and no medicinal value.
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