After Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice introduced they might rescind the Cole memo and direct U.S. attorneys throughout the nation to renew their prosecution efforts of marijuana “offenders,” many questioned how the states that had already legalized would deal with the directives. State and native regulation enforcement in Massachusetts, the primary East Coast state to legalize hashish, isn’t leaving something as much as the creativeness.
Should the federal authorities pursue law-abiding marijuana companies within the Bay State, they’ll be lacking a important element of federal investigations and arrests — the help of Massachusetts state and native police.
While U.S. attorneys throughout the nation have stated their arms are tied, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is popping out strongly towards the transfer.
Public Safety Secretary Daniel Bennett, who leads the Massachusetts State Police oversight, informed the Boston Herald, “We have a state law that we’re intending to enforce, and the state law was voted on by the people of Massachusetts. We have no intention of raiding a pot shop that is legal under state law.”
The state police aren’t alone of their resolve to withstand federal strain to crack down on state-legal marijuana companies, both, as Boston Police Department Detective Lt. Michael McCarthy echoed an identical stance to his “statie” counterparts.
“Similar to our position on immigration, the BPD will not actively enforce federal marijuana laws at the local level,” defined McCarthy. “We will continue to enforce local drug laws to keep our neighborhoods safe.”
The public protection of the lately established marijuana business comes after the state’s U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling provided little greater than a cloud of doubt. Lelling made a press release that he couldn’t assure the law-abiding enterprise house owners making up the state’s hashish business would be capable of keep away from federal scrutiny.
The Cannabis Control Commission, the governing physique of the authorized marijuana business in Massachusetts, will forge forward as deliberate. The fee should end creating the regulatory framework that may information the whole market when it opens for enterprise July 1.
If the feds do determine to convey down the hammer of prohibitionist justice on these East Coast hashish pioneers, at the very least these New Englanders gained’t have to fret about it coming from their state or native regulation enforcement — for higher or worse.
Today, the mayors of many main cities throughout the nation unified of their resistance to the Department of Justice’s current coverage change:
NEW: Mayors of New York, Seattle, Denver, Philadelphia & different cities ship letter to Jeff Sessions, pushing again on anti-marijuana memo. pic.twitter.com/xUXNpzJ4Uk
— Tom Angell 🌳📰 (@tomangell) January 11, 2018
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