Four Legal Marijuana State Governors Urge Trump Administration to Give Legal Marijuana a Chance - NEWS | MERRY JANE

The governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington are asking Attorney General Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to respect state marijuana laws.

The governing powers of the first four states to legalize marijuana in the United States fired a letter off to members of the Trump Administration earlier this week in hopes of preventing a federal crackdown on legal weed.

The letter, which was addressed to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, asks the new administration to respect state pot laws by keeping in tune with the memo issued a few years ago by President Obama’s Justice Department allowing states to cultivate and sell marijuana as long as they adhere to certain rules.

“As governors of states that have legalized marijuana in some form, we ask the Trump Administration to engage with us before embarking on any changes to regulatory and enforcement systems,” the letter signed by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Insle reads. “The balance struck by the 2013 Department of Justice Cole Memorandum (Cole Memo) has been indispensable ― providing the necessary framework for state regulatory programs centered on public safety and health protections.”