Jeff Sessions Says Federal Government May Override States’ Marijuana Laws
In a press conference in Boston today, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that a federal sting operation resulted in the arrest of more than two dozen people on charges of immigration document and benefit fraud. But while the focus of the presser was on alleged immigration fraud, reporters took the opportunity to question Sessions about the Department of Justice’s stance on states with legal marijuana. Massachusetts, of course, legalized marijuana for adult use in November 2016. Sessions replied by reiterating his position that the US DOJ would continue to follow and enforce the federal ban on cannabis.
AG Jeff Sessions Renews Threat of Federal Crackdown on Legal Marijuana
Voters in Massachusetts legalized adult-use cannabis nearly two years ago. And while home cultivation and gifting cannabis are now legal, the state has yet to set up its retail industry.
But it’s close, and with the licensing process currently underway and the first retail permits already issued, the federal government’s stance on states’ marijuana laws is clearly crucial for Massachusetts at this particular juncture.
In response to reporters’ questions about that stance, Sessions stopped short of announcing that the Department of Justice had any enforcement actions in the works.