07/11/2018 06:47 AM EDT

By Lauren Dezenski ([email protected]; @LaurenDezenski) with Brent D. Griffiths ([email protected]; @BrentGriffiths)


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LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL — The US Attorney for Massachusetts has offered major insight into how he plans to enforce federal laws around the state’s now-legal recreational marijuana.

Andrew Lelling, a Trump appointee, was in an unenviable spot. Recreational marijuana was legalized by the voters of Massachusetts last fall (effective at the beginning of this year) while federally, marijuana remains illegal (which Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made clear he has no intention of changing).

Lelling issued guidance yesterday saying his office’s resources will be focused on combating the opioid epidemic rather than cracking down on the budding recreational market. That will include targeting overproduction that could lead to “illegal, and lucrative marijuana sales to users in nearby states,” targeted sale to minors which “may warrant federal prosecution,” and organized crime and interstate transportation of drug proceeds for groups like MS-13.

Massachusetts still has no open recreational marijuana dispensaries despite the state’s self-imposed, squishy deadline to make them available on July 1. There is some progress: A Leicester medical marijuana dispensary has been awarded the state’s first recreational dispensary license, though it isn’t expected to open to the public for another couple of weeks.

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