“Personally, my view is that the American republic will not be better if there are marijuana sales on every street corner, but states have a right to set their own laws and will do so, and we will follow the federal law,” Sessions said.
After a meeting of the Cannabis Control Commission, the agency created under the 2016 marijuana legalization law approved by Massachusetts voters, chairman Steve Hoffman said an agency staffer told him about Sessions’ comments.
“If that’s what he said, boy, I think that’s pretty interesting and good,” Hoffman said. “I was both surprised and pleased, if I have an accurate reading of what he said.”
Hoffman said he was hopeful that Sessions’ comments might calm banks that have been reluctant to do business with many cannabis companies because marijuana is still illegal at the federal level.