Task force tells AG Sessions to keep status quo for legal cannabis
08 Aug 2017

Task force tells AG Sessions to keep status quo for legal cannabis

08 Aug 2017

– Associated Press

task force assembled by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is giving him no ammunition to go after the legal marijuana industry, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety has offered no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general’s aggressively anti-marijuana views.

The group’s report largely reiterates the current Department of Justice’s policy on marijuana.

The task force encourages officials to keep studying whether to change or rescind the Obama administration’s hands-off approach to enforcement – a stance that’s allowed the nation’s experiment with legal cannabis to flourish.

The report was not slated to be released publicly, but portions were obtained by the AP.

The tepid nature of the recommendations signals just how difficult it would be for the DOJ to change course on cannabis.

Rather than urging federal agents to shut down dispensaries and make mass arrests, the task force puts forth a more familiar approach.

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