Jeff Classes, the drug warrior that will or might not have favored the KKK till he discovered they smoked pot, is out as U.S. Legal professional Normal. After two years of being relentlessly bullied by President Trump, Classes has apparently had sufficient. The Classes resignation is of particular curiosity to the marijuana trade due to simply how a lot he hates marijuana. So it’s nice information that Classes is out, proper?
Whereas it’s definitely not dangerous information, the actual story is that it doesn’t actually matter. Wanting again on the Classes period, the one really important act that he took relating to marijuana was the withdrawal of prior federal steerage to U.S. Attorneys relating to marijuana enforcement in January 2018. On the time, we couldn’t inform whether or not this was step one in an organized crackdown on marijuana or just a shot throughout the bow. Because of the withdrawal of the prior steerage memos, discretion on whether or not to prosecute marijuana crimes shifted from the Division of Justice to every of the 93 U.S. Attorneys assigned to the assorted federal judicial districts.
However lo and behold, nothing truly modified in federal enforcement. There have been rumblings out of Oregon (whose U.S. Legal professional was simply picked to chair the Legal professional Normal’s Marijuana Working Group), however these rumblings led to stakeholder conferences and the issuance of detailed enforcement steerage. It is a far cry from the raids, arrests, and seizures that doom and gloom sorts predicted when Classes was named Legal professional Normal. Up to now, since Washington and Colorado legalized in 2012, there has not been a single occasion in the USA the place regulation enforcement has acted in opposition to a marijuana enterprise except it has been in a position to exhibit important violations of state regulation and violation of prior-stated federal enforcement priorities.
The takeaway, then, is that the cake has already been baked. With one other spherical of state liberalization of marijuana guidelines, the nation has continued its unstoppable march towards federal legalization/decriminalization. If the politics and logistics of imposing federal marijuana legal guidelines in opposition to state authorized companies proved unworkable for Jeff Classes, they’re unworkable for anybody.
So have a good time – the Classes period is over and hopefully we don’t have to take a seat by way of any extra scoldings from the Legal professional Normal making an attempt to tie marijuana to the opioid epidemic. However regardless that we could also be fallacious, we expect the actual story of the Classes period is that the concern of widespread federal enforcement of drug legal guidelines in opposition to state-legal actors won’t ever come to fruition.