2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Cory Booker, (D) New Jersey:
"You know that about 30 plus states have legalized medical marijuana or adult use. You're aware of that correct. (Bar: Yes)... In 2013 Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memorandum which provided guidance toU.S. attorneys that the federal marijuana prohibition should not be enforced in states that have legalized marijuana in one way or the other. Do you believe it was the right decision to rescind the Cole Memorandum?"
3. SOUNDBITE (English) William Barr, Attorney General Nominee:
"My approach to this would be not to upset settled expectations and the reliance interests that have arisen as a result of the Cole memoranda and investments have been made. And so there have been reliance on it, so I don't think it's appropriate to upset those interests. However, I think the current situation is is untenable and really has to be addressed. It's almost like a backdoor nullification of federal law. To me it's a binary choice, either we have a federal law that applies to everybody."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Cory Booker, (D) New Jersey:
"I'm sorry to interrupt you sir, but how would you address that\? Do you think it's appropriate use federal resources to targe,t you know marijuana businesses that are in compliance with state law?"
5. SOUNDBITE (English) William Barr, Attorney General Nominee:
"That's what I said I'm not, I'm not going to go after companies that have relied on Cole memoranda. However, we either should have a federal law that prohibits marijuana everywhere, which I would support myself. Because, I think it's a mistake to back off on marijuana. However, if we want a federal approach, if we want states to have their own laws and let's get there and let's get there the right way."