Cole Memo (II)

Federal memorandum issued on August 29, 2013 by former Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole with the subject “Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement.” Often simply referred to as the “Cole Memo.” The Cole Memo enumerated and limited the federal government’s enforcement priorities with respect to marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act to prioritize enforcement of eight different types of activities, including preventing distribution to minors, diversion to states where it was not legal, or use of violence. Rescinded by Jeff Sessions via the Sessions Memo of January 4, 2018.