After almost a year of threatening to crack down on state-legal cannabis, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions finally told Congress that the Obama administration’s cannabis policy is still in effect. Sessions was brought before the House Judiciary Committee this Tuesday to answer more questions relating to Russian contacts with the Trump administration, but Senators took a break from Russia to clarify the Justice Department’s intent to prosecute canna-legal states.
Earlier this year, Sessions sent a letter to several Congress members, urging them not to support the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, a federal budget rider that defunds any attempts by federal law enforcement to prosecute state-legal cannabis users or businesses. At the hearing, Sessions noted that the Justice Department is still bound by this rider. “Our policy is the same, really, fundamentally as the Holder-Lynch policy, which is that the federal law remains in effect and a state can legalize marijuana for its law enforcement purposes but it still remains illegal with regard to federal purposes,” Sessions said in response to a question from Rep. Steve Chabot.
Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen also grilled the