Attorney General Says Justice Department Will Address Marijuana Issues ‘In The Days Ahead’

Attorney General Says Justice Department Will Address Marijuana Issues ‘In The Days Ahead’
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U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland says that the Justice Department is “examining” marijuana policy and will be addressing the issue “in the days ahead.” The comments come in response to one of several questions that Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) submitted to the nation’s top prosecutor as a follow-up to a congressional hearing that was held in April. The senator wanted to know whether DOJ intended to reissue Obama-era guidance to federal prosecutors on cannabis enforcement priorities, which generally urged discretion in marijuana cases in states and territories where the plant is legal, that was rescinded under the Trump administration. Garland didn’t directly answer the question. Rather, he more vaguely revealed that “the Department is examining a range of issues that relate to marijuana and its production, sale, and use, and we intend to address these issues in the days ahead.” He also reiterated that he feels that federal “enforcement resources are not put to their best use prosecuting nonviolent, low-level marijuana offenses, even in jurisdictions where marijuana use remains illegal.” “With respect to those jurisdictions where marijuana use and sales are lawfully regulated, there is even greater reason to conserve prosecutorial resources so that we can focus our attention on violent crimes and other crimes that cause societal harm and endanger our communities,” he said in the response to Schatz, which was noted earlier by Politico. In a related development, the White House drug czar also said this week that the Biden administration is “monitoring” states that have legalized marijuana to inform federal policy, recognizing the failures of the current prohibitionist approach. Presumably, given Garland’s consistent stance on cannabis enforcement priorities, DOJ under Biden isn’t planning to change course and crack down on state-legal industries. But it’s unclear if the attorney general is hinting at plans to provide specific updated…

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