Sessions Watch: Attorney General Calls Obama Marijuana Memo ‘Valid’

Welcome to Sessions Watch, where we track all the marijuana-related quotes and actions of Donald Trump’s anti-legalization Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

The Setting

Jeff Sessions took reporter questions after delivering prepared remarks to law enforcement officials in Richmond, VA on Wednesday, March 15. Sessions indicated he might keep Obama-era marijuana enforcement guidelines in place.

The Quotes

“The Cole Memorandum set up some policies under President Obama’s Department of Justice about how cases should be selected in those states and what would be appropriate for federal prosecution, much of which I think is valid.”

“I may have some different ideas myself in addition to that.”

“Essentially we’re not able to go into a state and pick up the work that the police and sheriffs have been doing for decades.”

The Reaction

Optimism, mostly, from those banking on Trump’s administration holding to his 2015 “state by state” comments. The Cole Memorandum, adopted in 2013, outlines how states can avoid federal interference with their marijuana laws.