Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is urging the Trump administration to view marijuana as an economic opportunity.
Her comments come as Attorney General Jeff Sessions hinted Tuesday at a federal crackdown on recreational cannabis.
The attorney general made his remarks to a gathering of state attorneys’ general. He’s the second Trump administration official to suggest the federal government will step up anti-cannabis efforts in states that have legalized recreational marijuana, including Oregon.
Gov. Kate Brown just returned from Washington, D.C., where she attended a separate meeting of the nation’s governors.
Brown said the Trump administration’s possible crackdown is contrary to its goal of creating jobs.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to grow a nascent industry that could create good-paying jobs around the state of Oregon and help grow our economy. That’s what we should be focused on,” Brown said.
Stronger enforcement of federal marijuana laws would be a shift from the Obama administration, which did not directly challenge state legalization laws.