JUST IN: Jeff Sessions Ends Policy That Allowed State-Legal Marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions just paved the way for marijuana enforcement in states that have legalized the drug.

Washington, D.C. - Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a memo on Thursday which immediately rescinded the Obama-era policy of not prosecuting businesses and individuals who sell marijuana in accordance with state law.

AG Sessions stopped short of promising raids of marijuana businesses, but the change opened the door for federal authorities to raid and prosecute marijuana shops which are legal at the state level.

"Given the Department's well-established general principles, previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement is unnecessary and is rescinded, effective immediately," AG Sessions wrote.

“I can’t sit here and say whether it will or will not lead to more marijuana prosecutions,” said an anonymous senior Department of Justice official told Politico. “We believe U.S. attorneys’ offices should be opened up to bring all of these cases that are necessary to be brought.”

The official added, “The Cole memo as interpreted created a safe harbor for the marijuana industry to operate in these states. There is a belief that that is inconsistent with what federal law says.”

Both Republican and Democrat members of Congress aren't happy about the change, which contradicted President Trump's statements that marijuana legalization should be left up to the states.

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After three decades in municipal law enforcement I was glad to see the Feds leave the question of Marijuana to the states where it belongs. It was one of the few things that happened under Obama that I endorsed. I do support Trump and I trusted that he was a State's rights guy. I do not like Jeff Sessions as AG however. We hear nothing from him throughout this Mueller investigation fiasco, he's silent on sanctuary city/states as well as leaks, corruption and political bias in the FBI and DOJ and yet he has time and energy enough to take a stance against something that clearly a large number of people feel is a state issue because of his own personal bias against it. I live in a state that legalized recreation (as well as medical) marijuana and I voted for it. I don't use the stuff. I'm more of a beer or bourbon guy, but I looked forward to seeing the trade taken out of the criminal spheres and actually providing revenue to do something good. Sessions is a bozo and Trump should ask for his resignation.


@Hi_estComnDenomn pot head...

@Det_John_Kimble true. And they say it makes you lazy. I wonder how much I would have accomplished had I not started smoking weed?

I guess I'll just have to settle for decorated military service and a successful small business.


I wonder about those "decorations" given your choice of name. Were they rainbow colored?

@Det_John_Kimble yeah, they're pretty bright. It's so you can tell them apart easily if you're wearing a full rack.


@Det_John_Kimble nah, I'd let Morris Chestnut play me though. We have a lot more in common.


Just think of all the money that has been spent on prosecuting people for marijuana use. A drug that is no worse, and probably better for you than alcohol. There are around 88,000 alcohol related deaths every year. That is more than opioid related deaths. Not too hard to figure out what the worst drug is.


Sessions has a 70's mentality when it comes to marijuana prosecution. He has not confused the lines in states where marijuana use is legal and I think he chose now because California just legalized the sale of it. Congress needs to step in and declassify marijuana. I don't smoke but I do know people that do that helps their anxiety and mellows them out when nothing else works. We have an opiod addiction in this country and docs are passing out antidepressants and other pills that do zilch to helping patients. Marijuana is not addicting and can help with depression and other things without the side effects that this other pills have. If Congress will get off their butts and declassify marijuana then Sessions can not try to criminalize it like they did in the seventies. There are still people in prison for selling pot which is just crazy. Sessions is a boon..do nothing about important stuff like the Clintons, Mueller, or the FBI attacking Trump with bogus docs and a witch hunt. He recuses himself from any important case but wants to jump all over states that have legalize marijuana...He is a buffoon that has no clear vision of what he should be doing. No he has mucked up the clarity of whether states have the right to legalize marijuana and what happens to the ones that have issued permit to grow and sell it. what happens to these businesses now that he has mucked up the water?