Is Florida’s marijuana industry safe under Trump’s new attorney general pick?

William Barr in his testimony was asked about marijuana, which remains illegal in the federal government’s eyes. Here’s what he said.
Published Jan. 15, 2019|Updated Jan. 15, 2019

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was no friend to the country’s burgeoning marijuana industry, which includes a growing presence in Florida.

The ex-top cop not only maintained the federal government’s position — that marijuana is an illegal narcotic in the same category as heroine and cocaine — he rescinded an Obama-era guidance that prevented federal authorities from interfering in marijuana trade in states where it was legal. The decision had a chilling effect on the marijuana industry, which already operates with much uncertainty and little access to traditional banking institutions.

But William Barr, President Donald Trump’s choice to replace Sessions, apparently doesn’t hold the same position. Here’s a dispatch from Barr’s confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, courtesy of the Associated Press:

New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is reportedly weighing whether to drop the state’s legal opposition to smokeable marijuana, a fight that began under his predecessor, Rick Scott.