The Trump crackdown on legal marijuana probably isn’t coming

John Hickenlooper

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper appears on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press.” NBC

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said he doesn’t think the Trump administration will crack down on states that have legalized marijuana, following an hour-long conversation with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday.

Sessions “didn’t give me any reason to think that he’s going to come down and try and put everyone out of business,” Hickenlooper told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd following the meeting.

Marijuana is federally illegal, though eight states have passed legislation to allow the recreational use and sale of the plant. 

The Trump administration has sent mixed signals about whether or not they intend to crackdown on the burgeoning marijuana industry.

Sean Spicer promised “greater enforcement” of federal laws in February, and Sessions himself has said that he’s “not a fan” of the expanded use of marijuana, and that he’ll enforce federal laws in an “appropriate way.”

However, Sessions is a “pretty strong supporter of states being laboratories of democracy,” Hickenlooper told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd. 

Hickenlooper added that Sessions has “got his hands full” with the opioid crisis and other hard drugs— along with implementing the Trump administration’s agenda on immigration. 

marijuanaGrower Anthony Nguyen sells marijuana at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, California July 11, 2014. REUTERS/David McNew/File Photo

Sessions reportedly told Hickenlooper toward the end of their meeting, “you haven’t seen us cracking down, have you?”

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