Federal task force reportedly recommends more marijuana study, no crackdown
Marijuana advocates feared that a report released by the Trump administration’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety would link violent crime to marijuana. But the AP, citing portions of the report it had obtained, said that the document recommends that officials continue weighing whether to change or rescind the Obama administration’s largely hands-off approach to enforcement.
Advocates hailed the news on Friday.
“The task force’s recommendations reflect the fact that the Dept. of Justice has more important priorities than harassing legitimate, taxpaying businesses. In states that have approved marijuana for medical or adult use, these businesses are creating jobs, generating revenue, protecting consumers, and making their communities safer,” Don Murphy, the director of conservative outreach at the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement.
“The vast majority of Americans want the federal government to let states determine their own marijuana policies. We hope the attorney general is paying attention and maintains the current policy of non-interference,” he continued.