Sessions on Rumors of a Marijuana Crackdown: No Comment

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions again played coy when asked about any future plans for a federal crackdown on marijuana Thursday.

“I can't comment on the existence of an investigation at this time," he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, who had suggested using federal racketeering laws to go after licensed cannabis businesses in marijuana legal states.

“I do not believe there is any argument that because a state legalizes marijuana that the federal law against marijuana is no longer existence," he added, reiterating a long-held position. “I do believe that the federal laws clearly are in effect in all 50 states, and we will do our best to enforce the laws as we are required to do so."

At the same time, Sessions dismissed Hewitt’s assertion that a RICO case against cannabis enterprises would be so simple.

If Sessions does end up going after states that have legalized pot, he’s sure to ruffle feathers far and wide. The latest polls from Gallup show record numbers of people support legalization of cannabis. For the first time, that includes a majority of Republicans.

Read more at Forbes and the Cannabist, which has full audio of the interview. 


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