Hawaii AG Doug Chin discusses federal pot crackdown, run for Congress

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin: DOJ vs. marijuana, Randall Saito, possible resignation
Updated: Jan. 5, 2018 at 11:19 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This morning, Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin discussed the Trump administration's decision to allow federal authorities to crack down on marijuana in all states.  Under President Obama, the Department of Justice had been instructed to de-prioritize prosecuting cases involving pot. Chin did say that federal prosecutors were instructed to take into account existing rules and regulations in each state, so that could mean that Hawaii's medical marijuana industry could be relatively unscathed.

Chin also said that no employees at the Hawaii State Hospital have been "cleared" in the investigation into how Randall Saito escaped to California.  But they have been allowed to return to work, after 30 days of unpaid leave as part of their union's collective bargaining agreement.

And Chin said that he has made a decision about whether he'll step down from his post as A.G. during his campaign for Congress.  He'll announce that decision Sunday.  Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa has called for him to resign to avoid potential conflicts of interest.  He's running for her seat as she runs for Governor.

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