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U.S. Attorney In Colorado: ‘No Change’ To Pot Policy
It didn’t take long for one of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s subordinates in the Justice Department to comment on the decision to roll back previous guidance regarding prosecution of marijuana cases.
The Associated Press reports that he U.S. Attorney in Colorado, Bob Troyer, has said that there will be no change to how his office handles marijuana-related issues moving forward.
Troyer said his office will continue to focus on “identifying and prosecuting those who create the greatest safety threats to our communities around the state.” That approach is consistent with Sessions’ guidance, he said.
“Today the Attorney General rescinded the Cole Memo on marijuana prosecutions, and directed that federal marijuana prosecution decisions be governed by the same principles that have long governed all of our prosecution decisions,” Troyer said.
Sessions has reportedly given the decision-making power as to whether or not to pursue federal charges against marijuana growers and dispensers to the attorneys in the local jurisdictions. In areas like Colorado, Washington, and California, it’s going to be a tough sell to get U.S. attorneys to prosecute businesses who are in compliance with state law, especially since the Republican party espouses itself as the so-called party of “states rights” — whatever that’s supposed to mean these days.
For Coloradans, the news that Troyer is going to go about business as usual is a welcome relief, especially for the dispensaries and growers who have prospered from legalization. The state government hasn’t done too shabby, either.
This will end up being one of the most unpopular policy decisions made by the Sessions DOJ when it’s all said and done, and that’s saying something. We are talking about a man who has decided to roll back civil rights protections and end programs aimed at police reform across the country. When looked at in that light, it’s ironic that going after weed has somehow turned out to be the bridge too far.