William Barr’s reasonable rhetoric on regulated cannabis is a sea change from Jeff Sessions
Under sharp questioning from Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), William Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he personally believes marijuana should remain illegal. But he added: “I’m not going to go after companies that have relied on the Cole memoranda” — referring to a DOJ directive issued under the Obama administration instructing U.S. attorneys to give safe harbor to state-legal marijuana businesses. “My approach to this would be not to upset settled expectations,” Barr added.
Barr’s approach aligns with president Trump’s campaign promises from 2016, to leave state-legal marijuana alone. But his comments reflect a sea change from the rhetoric of Jeff Sessions, Trump’s first attorney general. The Alabamian had crusaded against pot, rescinding the Cole memo and blasting marijuana as a “life-wrecking dependency” that is “only slightly less awful” than heroin. [Read More @ Rolling Stone]
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