Attorney General Jeff Sessions Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety has issued its recommendations to Donald Trump’s beleaguered attorney general, but still no word on any change in cannabis policy. Attorney General Sessions, who apparently isn’t even on speaking terms with the president at the moment, fueling speculation of his departure, released a statement on July 26th, one day before the task force’s recommendation deadline. From the Department of Justice:
Statement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Recommendations From the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety
Attorney General Jeff Sessions today issued the following statement on the work of the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety:
“Every American, no matter who they are or where they live, has the right to be safe in their homes and neighborhoods. And yet, in many locations, the violent crime rate is rising, and in some of our urban areas, the increase is staggering. Reducing this crime surge is a top priority for President Trump and the Department of Justice. Consistent with the President’s Executive Order on a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, I created the Task Force in February and it has provided me with recommendations on a rolling basis. Dedicated professionals from throughout the Department have been listening to our partners in state, local, and tribal law enforcement; identifying successful violent crime reduction strategies; and developing recommendations on actions the Department can take to help improve public safety.
“I have been acting on the Task Force’s recommendations to set the policy of the Department. I will continue to review all of the Task Force’s recommendations, and look forward to taking additional steps towards ensuring safer communities for all Americans.”
While it is a good sign that the Justice Department didn’t immediately announce a crackdown in states that have legalized marijuana, the cannabis industry must remain vigilant. It is a tremendous sign that the Senate seems prepared to pass an amendment protecting state-legal medical cannabis providers, the recreational markets still need protection as well. Supporters of legalization must continue to make their voices heard, we can’t count on Donald Trump to adhere to his campaign promise to respect state cannabis laws nor can we trust that Jeff Sessions is too embroiled in turmoil to leave us alone. Contact your legislators and stay informed. Our long-term prospects look great, of course, but they are even better if we can remain united, flex our political muscle, and push back against even the slightest hint of any short-term setback due to the Trump Justice Department.
One way to keep informed, get involved in efforts to protect the industry and network with like-minded freedom fighters and entrepreneurs from across the country (and around the world) is to attend the International Cannabis Business Conference. The next ICBC is in beautiful Kauai, Hawaii, and it will have you prepared for anything that Jeff Sessions throws at you.