So, our Angry Elf (Jeff Sessions) recently pulled the Cole Memo. For those of you unfamiliar with this, it was a memo put into place during the Obama administration that stated an almost hands off approach for states with Cannabis programs. Authorities only had a handful of priorities in regards to cannabis, mostly distribution. One priority was to keep it out of the hands of children. Another big one was to prevent revenues from cannabis sales funding any gang or criminal activities, which I think we can all agree with. Plus, there was a focus on the prevention of cannabis being distributed into states where it was illegal. Yah, that’s gone. This memo really allowed states to expand their programs and end up with state surpluses to fund everything from police to after school programs. Some states, like Colorado, anticipate no major changes. But not in Massachusetts it seems.
The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts offered no guarantees for its up and coming recreational market. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in a statement that he “cannot provide assurances that certain categories of participants in the state-level marijuana trade will be immune from federal prosecution.” What about the Vote on 4 that was voted on by the people of Massachusetts? Is it just me? I believe the people of Massachusetts have spoken. Am I wrong? What’s next? The Doctors? Entrepreneurs? Patients? It’s getting a little scary. Who’s the boss here anyway?
The POTUS Donald Trump has stated on a few occasions in the past that he supports the medical aspect of Cannabis. But even in regards to recreational Cannabis he saw it as a states rights issue and has been quoted saying “In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state,” and also stated “Marijuana is such a big thing, I think medical should happen — right? Don’t we agree? I think so. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states” when he campaigned in Nevada. But then, he has spun on that statement too. So, is this another landslide of BS? Or is The Angry Elf going over the head of The Orange?
However, there still may be some hope left. To start, a Gallup pole was taken in 2017 and showed clearly that 64% of U.S. citizens are in support of full blown legalization. It’s still “We the people”, right? Another helpful momentum is the introduction of HR1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. This would give states the power to establish their own marijuana policies with no federal static and would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, allowing for more research to be done on its medical value.