Sessions' Memo Was 'An Abdication Of Responsibility'
Former Colorado US Atty. Says
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to rescind Obama-era guidance on marijuana enforcement is "more noise, initially, than actual change in policy," according to former U.S. Attorney for Colorado John Walsh.
"I'm not sure we're actually going to see a dramatic difference in federal marijuana enforcement here in Colorado," Walsh told Colorado Matters Friday, the day after Sessions' announcement.
Walsh was U.S. attorney for Colorado from 2010-2016. He was appointed by President Obama, and was among a group of U.S. attorneys who asked the Department of Justice for guidance about how to handle marijuana enforcement.
The guidance that came down, issued in 2013 and rescinded by Sessions Thursday, is known as the Cole memo. It directed federal prosecutors to focus on enforcing marijuana violations when they involved minors, drug cartels or gangs, distribution to states where marijuana hadn't been legalized, drugged driving, gun violence, or grows and possession on federal property.
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