Trump’s attorney general nominee William Barr said at his confirmation hearing yesterday that he is not going to go after legal cannabis companies but he is also not pleased with the current legal situation. He wants the Congress to address the problem of different federal and state cannabis policies.
A Justice Department guidance was given during the Obama era to handle the situation where states were legalizing cannabis in spite of the federal ban. These guidelines are called The Cole memo and means that the Justice Department would not enforce federal marijuana prohibition in states that legalized marijuana in some form.
The Cole memo was revoked 2018 by William Barr’s predecessor Jeff Sessions, but obviously Barr intends to stick to it.