Hickenlooper says he doesn’t see the benefit of rescinding marijuana policy for Trump Administration

After news broke earlier this week that Attorney General Jeff Session has rescinded the Cole Memo, changing how the government enforces federal marijuana laws, Gov. John Hickenlooper told CNN Saturday that he didn’t see how the move would help the Trump administration. Continue reading “Hickenlooper says he doesn’t see the benefit of rescinding marijuana policy for Trump Administration”

It took the Trump Administration just a month to turn Obama-era drug policy on its head

My third son, William, was born on April 28. I’ve spent the past month or so getting to know him (thanks, Washington Post’s generous parental leave policy!), and not paying much attention to federal drug policy.

As it turns out I missed quite a bit. In the month of May alone, the Trump administration, particularly Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department, steadily ratcheted up its tough-on-crime rhetoric and put in place some policies that give that rhetoric some real-world bite. Continue reading “It took the Trump Administration just a month to turn Obama-era drug policy on its head”

Rhode Island Attorney General launches anti-recreational marijuana legalization campaign

Rhode Island’s attorney general is launching a campaign against the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, a Democrat, says he’s announcing a united opposition campaign at his office Thursday. Continue reading “Rhode Island Attorney General launches anti-recreational marijuana legalization campaign”

Sessions Told Senators He Had No Plans for Cannabis Crackdown

In the weeks leading up to his Feb. 8 confirmation as US attorney general, then-Sen. Jeff Sessions quietly assured some of his Republican colleagues that he had no plans to strictly enforce federal law on cannabis. Instead, he privately told a few select members of Congress, he planned to maintain the stance of the previous administration, respecting states’ right with a laissez-faire attitude.

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Hickenlooper: It’s unclear whether Trump could stop legal marijuana

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, as a guest on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, downplayed the possibility that the Trump administration would take aim at Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry, saying legalization’s inclusion in the state Constitution makes it unclear whether the federal government could shut it down. Continue reading “Hickenlooper: It’s unclear whether Trump could stop legal marijuana”

Jeff Sessions vague about marijuana strategy at AG hearing

Under U.S. law, marijuana possession and distribution is illegal, but just how Sen. Jeff Sessions would enforce that law as the nation’s attorney general was not immediately clear Tuesday when the topic was broached in his Senate confirmation hearing. Continue reading “Jeff Sessions vague about marijuana strategy at AG hearing”