Las Vegas, Nev. — Following the news that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the misguided decision to rescind the Cole Memo, an Obama-era policy that provides states with legalized marijuana some certainty about enforcement of federal prohibition, Aaron Ford, senate majority leader and candidate for Nevada attorney general, made the following statement:
“U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision today to rescind a policy that protects our state’s recreational marijuana industry from overzealous federal intrusion could cost Nevada millions of dollars in revenue, kill jobs, and hurt our schools and local economy. This clear example of federal government overreach is nothing more than an attempt to infringe on our state’s sovereignty and is a direct insult to the Nevadans who voted in favor of a regulated marijuana industry.
“Nevada’s burgeoning marijuana business sector has already created close to 7,000 new jobs and generated $19 million in revenue from marijuana taxes -- millions of which are deposited into the Distributive School Account for our children. As Nevada attorney general, I will do everything within my power to defend our state’s voter-approved and regulated industry and send a clear message to Attorney General Sessions and the Trump Administration that they should stay out of Nevada’s business.”