U.S. attorneys, federal regulators, cannabis businesses and the nation’s leading prohibitionist group will convene for a behind-closed-doors marijuana summit on Thursday.
The invite-only event, hosted by Oregon’s U.S. attorney, is being held at the federal courthouse in Portland and will feature “short presentations, moderated discussion and Q&A,” according to an agenda obtained by Marijuana Moment.
It will be the second summit of its kind, following up on a similar event that the federal prosecutor, Billy Williams, held last year that was largely seen as hostile to legalization and which came about after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidance on federal cannabis enforcement priorities. Gov. Kate Brown (D) spoke at the earlier event and said that federal officials assured her that legitimate marijuana businesses in the state are “not targets of law enforcement.”
Williams also serves as the head of the Justice Department’s Marijuana Working Group, which is tasked with studying the impact of cannabis legalization. He has been critical of Oregon’s marijuana program, arguing that illegal diversion is rampant.
“The goal of this gathering is to provide a sharing of perspectives on the current state of marijuana,” the agenda for this week’s event states.
U.S. attorneys from California, Washington, Florida, Colorado, and Vermont and will speak on a panel at the start of the summit.
Also appearing will be Mike Stuart, the federal prosecutor from the Southern District of West Virginia who’s regularly expressed hostility to cannabis reform and held a separate “marijuana symposium” last year that followed a similar theme.
Published: September 04, 2019
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