Article by Tom Angell, Mass Roots
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is remaining coy about the Trump administration’s approach to marijuana, but he admitted in a new interview that the Department of Justice just doesn’t have enough resources to go after every cannabis consumer, cultivator and retailer in legal states even if it wanted to.
“It’s not possible for the federal government, of course, to take over everything the local police used to do in a state that’s legalized it,” Sessions said on Hugh Hewitt’s nationally syndicated radio show on Thursday.
Hewitt, a legalization opponent, pressed the attorney general to use federal racketeering laws to make an example out of a targeted marijuana business.
“One RICO prosecution against one marijuana retailer in one state that has so-called legalization ends this façade and this flaunting of the Supremacy Clause,” the host said. “Will you be bringing such a case?”
Sessions didn’t take the bait. While the transcript shows the attorney general immediately responded with “We will…,” the audio makes it clear that he was using it as a transitional phrase to more vaguely talk about the administration’s approach.
“Marijuana is against federal law, and that applies in states where they may have repealed their own anti-marijuana laws,” he said. “So yes, we will enforce law in an appropriate way nationwide.”