U.S. lawyer common nominee William Barr stated in the course of a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday that he would not target marijuana enterprises that are operating in compliance with state laws that enable them, regardless of whether for health-related or recreational purposes.
If confirmed, Barr stated his “approach to this would be not to upset settled expectations and the reliant interests that have arisen as a outcome of the Cole memorandum.” He later added that he “is not going to go following corporations that have relied on the Cole memorandum.”
The Cole memorandum was issued in 2013 by then-Deputy Lawyer Common James M. Cole and supplied marijuana enforcement guidance to U.S. attorneys. It stated that the Justice Division would not enforce federal marijuana prohibition laws in states that have legalized marijuana for adult or health-related use as lengthy as particular federal priorities are addressed, such as stopping interstate trafficking and sales to minors.
Barr also expressed aggravation with the conflict involving state and federal marijuana laws, calling the present scenario “untenable.”
“We are pleased to hear Mr. Barr intends to respect state marijuana laws if he is confirmed as our subsequent lawyer general”, says Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “His reference to the Cole memo suggests that he will keep the policy of non-interference that has existed considering the fact that August 2013. This is not only a sensible selection, but is 1 supported by a vast majority of Americans.”
Hawkins continues “We are also sympathetic to Mr. Barr’s contact for a much more constant federal strategy, supplied it is 1 that respects the will of the people today. To that finish, it is time for Congress to pass a law that either removes marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act or formally exempts state-legal cannabis activity from its provisions.”