Trump's Nominee for AG Says Pot-Legal States Will Be Safe

Donald Trump's pick for U.S. Attorney General appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. And while most of the nation was fixated on his views of executive privilege and the ongoing Special Counsel probe, CalMarijuanaPolicy was paying close attention to his answers on pot.

Like Jeff Sessions, Bob Barr is no fan of cannabis. But his public approach has been far more tempered and nuanced than that of the former AG, who once said “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

The big takeaway was Bob Barr’s promise not go after states that have legalized cannabis.

“I’m not going to go after companies that have relied on the Cole memoranda” Barr said, referring to an Obama-era guidance rescinded by Jeff Sessions that barred enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the drug.

Barr added that the current situation — marked by the complete disconnect between state and federal drug laws — is “untenable” and that the matter should ultimately be resolved by Congress. Few would disagree.


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