President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have talked about a lot of things lately, but what they haven’t addressed is the big question of cannabis legalization—what will happen to the states who have legalized and will not-yet-legal states still have a chance to change their current legislation? And, at the very least, will they leave legalization decisions to the individual states?
Rumors of what the new administration want to do are flying. Like the one about Press Secretary Sean Spicer telling a reporter named “Rebecka Brian” that the government is “unlikely” to go after legalized states. After further investigation, MassRoots reported that the information was false. The Joint Blog was the one to publish the piece, but the quote remains unsubstantiated by Spicer. So, what are we to believe amidst all of these fake news, alt facts, and leaks?
Maybe we can trust what Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones told Bob Moffitt on Capital Public Radio about his discussion with Jeff Sessions during a law enforcement convention. Jones says, “Regarding the prioritization of federal resources to combat marijuana, he didn’t see the federal government getting involved in marijuana use or low-level state, what are traditionally state and local crimes. But I don’t think he ruled out the possibility of the federal government getting involved in large-scale operations.”
Jones’ words indicate an attitude among the cabinet similar to that of Obama’s laissez-faire approach to state-by-state legalization. Instead, the sheriff says that the DEA will be busy hunting down and persecuting drug trafficking cartels.
The sentiment matches Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s desire to end national cannabis prohibition. As well as Trump, who said last week in front of law enforcement officials, “it’s time to stop the drugs from pouring into our country…and by the way, we will do that.”