New York, NY - Cannabis Cultural Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in New York which helps marginalized and underrepresented communities engage in the legal cannabis industry, emphasizing criminal justice reform, access to medical cannabis, and adult use legalization issued the following statement on Jeff Sessions decision to rescind the long-standing Cole Memorandum.
Statement by Nelson Guerrero, co-founder of Cannabis Cultural Association
Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind the Cole Memorandum represents “a step backward for sensible, positive cannabis reform," states Nelson Guerrero, co-founder of the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA). According to Guerrero and the CCA:
“Rescinding the Cole Memorandum threatens patients’ access to life-saving medication and thwarts restoration of communities most impacted by cannabis prohibition, while jeopardizing the careers of over 150,000 full-time cannabis industry employees and the collection of billions of dollars in valuable tax revenues. We believe that it is critical for our local, state, and particularly federal elected officials to take all actions necessary to protect the positive progress we’ve made toward federally legalizing cannabis, creating new well-paying jobs, saving patients’ lives, and working to restore the rights of people who have been harmed by prohibition. Despite the Attorney General’s announcement, the CCA and our members and supporters will continue pushing for the end of cannabis prohibition, and its tragic contribution to mass incarceration in America.”
The CCA is currently working on a lawsuit they filed, Washington vs Sessions, in which the Cannabis Cultural Association is a plaintiff, along with ex-professional football player Marvin Washington, suing Jeff Sessions and the DOJ over the constitutionality of cannabis' Schedule I status.