America's Shifting Views On Marijuana Post-Cole Memo

Law360, New York (January 16, 2018, 5:27 PM EST) -- Only four days after recreational or adult-use cannabis became available in California for retail sale and consumption, Jeff Sessions, in his capacity as U.S. Attorney General, reiterated his anti-marijuana stance. In doing so, he changed existing U.S. Department of Justice policies by rescinding what many know as the "Cole Memo," issued by James Cole, the Obama administration's former deputy attorney general.

The End of the Cole Memo Does Not Change Federal Law

Just like the Cole memo did not create or change federal law, its rescission also does not affect the federal statutory regime. The move by Sessions, however, allows him...

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