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U.S. attorney general nominee won't target law-abiding marijuana businesses

Bags of marijuana sit on shelves in a building at the Los Suenos Farms facility in Avondale, Colorado, on Feb. 25, 2016. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Matthew Staver.
Bags of marijuana sit on shelves in a building at the Los Suenos Farms facility in Avondale, Colorado, on Feb. 25, 2016. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Matthew Staver.

By Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday he disagreed with a decision by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse a policy that eased federal enforcement of marijuana laws, saying it sowed confusion in the marketplace and harmed businesses that had invested money.

“My approach to this would be to not upset settled expectations,” Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee in his confirmation hearing, adding that if confirmed, he will “not go after companies” that had relied on the old Obama-era guidance that Sessions later rescinded.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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