The U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado has announced that he will not change his policy toward marijuana prosecution despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions allowing federal prosecutors to go after marijuana users in states where pot is legal.
In a statement, U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer said Colorado is “already” guided by the principle of focusing prosecutions on “the greatest safety threats to our communities around the state,” .
“Today the Attorney General rescinded the Cole Memo on marijuana prosecutions, and directed that federal marijuana prosecution decisions be governed by the same principles that have long governed all of our prosecution decisions,” Troyer said.
“The United States Attorney’s Office in Colorado has already been guided by these principles in marijuana prosecutions – focusing in particular on identifying and prosecuting those who create the greatest safety threats to our communities around the state,” he continued.
Colorado legalized marijuana use and possession in 2012.
Federal law still prohibits the sale and use of marijuana, but a memo written by then-Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, ordered U.S. attorneys in states where marijuana has been legalized to deprioritize prosecution of pot-related cases.
Eight states and the District of Columbia have since legalized marijuana for recreational use, including California, where legal sales began on Jan. 1 and are projected to bring in $1 billion annually in tax revenue within several years.
Sessions has hinted for months that he would move to crack down on the burgeoning cannabis market.