A Justice Department official requested information about marijuana cases from the office of Colorado’s Attorney General earlier this month, according to an email obtained by the International Business Times.
“Are you able to provide me the state docket numbers for the following cases?” said the email from a Justice Department official to Michael Melito, a prosecutor in Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman’s office. “Some of our intel people are trying to track down info regarding some of DEA’s better marijuana investigations for the new administration. Hopefully it will lead to some positive changes.”
IBT used an open records request to obtain the email, which was dated March 6 and closed with a signature indicating it originated inside the DEA’s Denver office.
What the Justice Department is hoping to accomplish with this information is unclear, but we can rule out “build a case for federal legalization.” While AG Jeff Sessions reportedly privately assured GOP senators that a marijuana crackdown is not imminent, and President Trump called it a “state issue” on the campaign trail, the administration as a whole has the cannabis community on pins and needles. White House spokesman Sean Spicer recently said there is “still a federal law that we need to abide by” while Sessions made the dubious claim that marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin.