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Mass. U.S. Attorney Clarifies How Office Will Treat Marijuana Buyers, Growers and Sellers06:56
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Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling speaks to reporters in January. (Sam Doran/State House News Service)MoreCloseclosemore
Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling speaks to reporters in January. (Sam Doran/State House News Service)

U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling issued more guidance Tuesday about how he might treat recreational marijuana users, growers and sellers in the state. Back in January, Lelling said he wouldn't rule out prosecuting state-sanctioned marijuana businesses as cannabis is still illegal at the federal level.

In a statement Tuesday, Lelling clarified that while he wouldn't totally "immunize" state residents from federal marijuana enforcement, his office will primarily focus on three areas of federal marijuana law enforcement: overproduction, sales targeted to minors, and organized crime within the industry.

Lelling also reiterated that his office will focus on combatting the opioid epidemic.

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Ally Jarmanning, WBUR digital reporter. She tweets @allyjarmanning.

This segment aired on July 11, 2018.

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