Last Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a policy Memo regarding Marijuana Enforcement that effectively rescinded the 2013 “Cole Memo” guidance, which endorsed a more “hands off” approach in states where marijuana had been legalized. The January 4, 2018 Memo instructed that with regard to marijuana-related enforcement actions, federal prosecutors should “follow well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutions.”

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This announcement has important implications for licensed cannabis businesses across the country, and attorneys from Fox Rothschild’s Cannabis Practice Group were among the first to provide legal and practical advice for those in the industry. Links to selected publications and interviews can be found below:

AG Sessions Issues Cannabis Policy Reversal. What Does It Mean for the Industry?

First Lawyer Comments Come Through on Sessions Decision To Rescind Cole Memo (via Cannabis Law Report)

Cannabis Law Practices Brace for Impact of Sessions Memo (via

Sessions takes aim on marijuana enforcement (via

Bethlehem company gets green light to dispense medical marijuana (via Allentown Morning Call)