New Tool: ProSource
Checkout our packaging and processing solutions finder, ProSource.

State Officials Don’t Care About AG Session’s Stance on Marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions did away with the Obama administration’s protection of legalized cannabis, but states plan to stay the course.

Jeff Sessions / Image: eurweb.com
Jeff Sessions / Image: eurweb.com

Last Thursday, Jeff Sessions announced that he is rescinding the Obama-era initiative instructing federal prosecutors not to prioritize the prosecution of marijuana business in legalized states. It was known as the Cole Memo and can be found here. A January 4th article from Marijuana Business Daily discussed the stance of industry insiders from the nine states in which recreational marijuana is legal. The general consensus is that the marijuana industry should conduct “business as usual.”

The Alaska Marijuana Industry Association released a statement saying, “This is a clear slap in the face to the American voters and residents of Alaska, who overwhelmingly and resoundingly have supported this industry at the ballot box.” A cannabis attorney in Denver offered advice to business owners, “This is the time to double down on compliance. Make sure you’re following all state and local laws.”

The article notes industry insider’s position in all legalized states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington state, and Washington D.C.), and no one seems overly concerned.

Discover the right packaging solutions for life sciences in Philadelphia
Explore innovative packaging and supply chain solutions for the life sciences at the largest PACK EXPO East in history, March 18–20. Get ideas from 400+ top exhibitors and connect with colleagues and industry experts—all in one convenient location!
Read More
Discover the right packaging solutions for life sciences in Philadelphia
Test Your Supply Chain Smarts
Take Healthcare Packaging's supply chain quiz to prove your knowledge!
Read More
Test Your Supply Chain Smarts