Sessions Told Senators He Had No Plans for Cannabis Crackdown

Article by Lisa Rough, Leafly

Sessions Told Senators He Had No Plans for Cannabis Crackdown

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.

Paul wasn’t the only senator to confer with Sessions regarding a cannabis crackdown. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) also met with the AG nominee. Gardner indicated that Sessions left him feeling reassured that there were no plans to go after states with legal cannabis markets.

“Nothing at this point has changed,” Gardner told constituents during a recent telephone town hall. Gardner said he reached out to the White House for clarification after Sean Spicer’s recent comments, but did not say whether he received that clarification. Gardner told his Colorado constituents that he did not expect any major policy change.

News of the closed-door reassurances comes as other members of Congress press the White House for reassurance about federal non-interference with state cannabis laws.

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