During the Obama Administration, a policy was enacted that allowed legal marijuana to take off in America. Essentially, the Obama Administration decided they would not interfere in states that decided to legalize marijuana, even though it was federally listed as a controlled substance.
During that time, numerous states voted to legalize the recreational drug. Sales of marijuana skyrocketed in those states and brought in some serious revenue. However, that could all be in jeopardy now.
According to Fox News, Sessions is expected to announce that he will rescind that memo that said the federal government would not interfere, and instead leave it to U.S. attorneys in states where the drug is legal to decide to what extent they will enforce federal laws.
"Jeff Sessions is revoking the Cole memo, but he's not saying prosecutions are going to start," a spokesman for the Yes on 4 Coalition said. "I think it's going to come down to how individual U.S. attorneys move forward in the regions that they operate."
Sessions has been openly critical of the use of marijuana in America. He has refuted ideas that marijuana would help curb the use of other, more serious, drugs. He also believes that marijuana creates a life-wrecking dependency.
“I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana – so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful,” he told law enforcement officials in March. Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.”
Critics were quick to respond to Sessions move. Some even accused him of going back on his original campaign promise.
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