Article by Lisa Rough, Leafly
In the weeks leading up to his Feb. 8 confirmation as US attorney general, then-Sen. Jeff Sessions quietly assured some of his Republican colleagues that he had no plans to strictly enforce federal law on cannabis. Instead, he privately told a few select members of Congress, he planned to maintain the stance of the previous administration, respecting states’ right with a laissez-faire attitude.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) informed Politico of Sessions’ behind-closed-doors comments. “He told me he would have respect for states’ rights on these things,” Paul said. “And so I’ll be very unhappy if the federal government decides to go into Colorado and Washington and all of these places. And that’s not what my interpretation of my conversation with him was. That wasn’t his intention.” Politico published Paul’s comments yesterday.