3 March 2017
If you’ve been following the cannabis press today you’ll have already seen this.
Will he, won’t he?
According to Politico, private conversations with colleagues suggest he’ll stand back and dare we say it ,take the “Obama” approach with legalised recreational cannabis
He had a point though in his confirmation hearings, that being, the onus is on congress to start being serious about Federal legislation with regard to recreational, medical and hemp so that Federal authorities can start think about allocating both human and capital resources efficiently
But Attorney General Jeff Sessions has privately reassured some Republican senators that he won’t deviate from an Obama-era policy of allowing states to implement their own marijuana laws.
Sessions has rattled both libertarians and liberals in ordering a review of the hands-off pot policy under President Barack Obama. But Sessions provided some private assurances to senators before he was confirmed that he was not considering a major shift in enforcement, despite his opposition to the use of marijuana.
He told me he would have some respect for states’ right 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.
And since he was confirmed, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said administration officials have left him with the impression there is no big policy change coming.
It’s worth reading the rest of this report at