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Justice Department Issues Memo on Marijuana Enforcement

On January 4, 2018, the Department of Justice published a memorandum authored by Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, which rescinds previous guidance issued by the Department of Justice regarding marijuana prosecutions, and directs that “[i]n deciding which marijuana activities to prosecute under these laws with the Department’s finite resources, prosecutors should follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutions.”  Notably, the memorandum expressly rescinds the August 29, 2013, Department of Justice Memorandum authored by former United States Attorney General, James M. Cole, commonly referred to as the “Cole Memorandum.”  The Cole Memorandum directed federal prosecutors to generally refrain from prosecuting those in the marijuana field who were complying with state law. 

Follow the link to read more of our Health Law Alert, “Justice Department Issues Memo on Marijuana Enforcement“, authored by partner Erin Aebel, and Rachel Goodman and Jessica West, associates at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

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