The Justice Department is reportedly rolling back the Obama-era policy of not challenging state laws regarding medical and recreational marijuana use. Buzz60
In this Dec. 29, 2017, photo, marijuana plants are shown at the KindPeoples dispensary in Santa Cruz, Calif. Californians may awake on New Year’s Day to a stronger-than-normal whiff of marijuana as America’s cannabis king lights up to celebrate the state’s first legal retail pot sales. ((Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP)
For Nevada’s budding marijuana industry, Dayle Elieson’s silence has been deafening.
Nevada’s new top federal prosecutor took office Jan. 5, one day after the Trump administration issued a memo that freed up U.S. prosecutors to enforce federal laws against marijuana, even in states that have legalized use of the plant.
The move sent anxious shockwaves through Nevada’s burgeoning multimillion-dollar marijuana industry, leaving hundreds of legal pot businesses to ponder the possibility that federal agents could soon kick down their front door.
Elieson has done nothing to ease those fears. Even as attorneys general and U.S. Attorneys in other pot-friendly states have vowed to fight or ignore the pot protection roll backs, she has refused to comment publicly on whether her office plans to pursue marijuana prosecutions.
A graduate of Brigham Young University, Elieson has spent more than two decades as a state and federal prosecutor in Texas. She does not appear to have any professional experience in Nevada.
She is the only out-of-state attorney U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has so far named to serve as a state’s top federal prosecutor.
A spokeswoman declined to say when Elieson might be willing to speak out. She said the newly