While America’s North American partners Canada and Mexico are looking to embrace the new green economy that legal marijuana will bring, America’s Attorney General is still looking to crack down on the already booming legal marijuana industry. Canada announced their intention to legalize some time ago with Mexico following suit. The powers that be in America are intent on rolling back the hands of time to an era when marijuana use was black and white and if you used it you were a criminal.
New leaks from the Justice Department tell us that Sessions is looking to go after legal cannabis companies under the ruse of failure to comply with the Cole Memo. The Cole Memo was written by Deputy AG James Cole, and it outlined the policy for the DOJ in regards to cannabis. It states that the DOJ will not go after any individual or company complying with state law. If the leaks from the DOJ are true, Sessions is looking to sidestep the Cole memo and target companies under the guise of failure to comply with Cole.
Sessions convened a task force on crime reduction to which it was expected that a marijuana crackdown would be suggested. Surprisingly, Sessions’ own task force recommended no action and that the current policies be allowed to persist. Despite the positive review from his panel of experts, Sessions is believed to currently be planning to go after three out of the eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana.
All of the Governors of legal marijuana states have sent reports to Sessions on their compliance, however, it is believed that Sessions intends to pursue a vigorous marijuana persecution campaign regardless. Sessions continues to deem marijuana a “dangerous drug” despite positive reports from states like California, Colorado and Washington. It has also been suggested that the DOJ might attempt to frighten the industry into collapse by warning stakeholders that a DOJ crackdown on their holdings is imminent. No official statements have been released from the DOJ, however, we should expect some action on their part soon.
Cory Hughes is a former police officer turned cannabis cultivator and writer. After years of being on the wrong side of the law, Cory decided to hang up his badge and gun and move into an industry that truly has the potential of bringing people together. He has been an active part of the Colorado cannabis culture and has worked as a horticulturist in dozens of licensed grow operations. Cory now looks to share his knowledge of cultivation and horticulture with the world.