LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - A memo released Thursday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions involving the enforcement of federal law dealing with marijuana has again changed the debate over the issue, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said Thursday.
According to a report from Little Rock television station KARK, Gov. Hutchinson said the memo was a "very significant development" and that the memo could impact the state in both banking and how federal prosecutors plan to distinguish between the two types of legalized marijuana.
"You should look at where President Trump has been," Gov. Hutchinson told KARK, noting the President has said medical marijuana is a suitable exemption to federal law while recreational use is not.
Hutchinson, a former administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, also said the federal enforcement policy is key "of where we go as a country" and said he did not want the state to be a recreational-use state, KARK reported.
Sessions rescinded a memo created by the then-Obama administration, giving states the power to create laws legalizing marijuana on a local level.
Also, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association released a statement Thursday on the issue, which is part of the debate over the 2018 federal budget.