On Jan. 4, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo rescinding Obama-era guidance on state-level marijuana legalization, effectively rekindling a dated war on America’s most commonly used illicit substance.
Coincidentally, Jan. 4 was also the day that the Vermont House gave final clearance to H.511, Vermont’s landmark marijuana legalization bill, which was signed into law later that month by Gov. Phil Scott.
Sessions’ memo was short and to the point, concluding by saying that “given the [Justice] Department’s well-established general principles, previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement is unnecessary and rescinded.”
Sessions was referring to a memo from then-President Barack Obama’s Deputy Attorney General James Cole, commonly known as the “Cole Memo,” that essentially said legal states would be left alone so long as they followed certain criteria relating to things like youth access, roadway safety and dangerous use of firearms in the cultivation process.
Despite making national headlines due to the nature of its legalization, Vermont will most likely still be able to “fly under the radar” of federal authorities since the Legislature did not establish or allow