Prosecutor's Statement Puts Cloud Over Massachusetts Marijuana Businesses

Jan 9, 2018

   The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts Monday offered no assurances that he will take a hands-off approach to legalized pot.

     U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in a statement he would not offer blanket immunity to “participants in the state-level marijuana trade.”

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week rescinded a Justice Department policy limiting prosecution of marijuana offenses.

     Republican Governor Charlie Baker and Democratic State Attorney General Maura Healey condemned the move by Sessions saying it undermined state regulatory efforts.

     Voters in Massachusetts legalized marijuana for adult use in 2016 and retail sales are to start this summer.

    Dick Evans, a Northampton attorney and longtime advocate for legalizing marijuana said he does not believe a federal crackdown is likely.  He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.