Sessions ending federal policy that let legal pot flourish


If Sessions tries to re-criminalize cannabis it will be a political disaster for the president. It would be a massive mistake.

(From The AP)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, creating new confusion about enforcement and use just three days after a new legalization law went into effect in California.

President Donald Trump’s top law enforcement official announced the change Thursday. Instead of the previous lenient-federal-enforcement policy, Sessions’ new stance will instead let federal prosecutors where marijuana is legal decide how aggressively to enforce longstanding federal law prohibiting it…

…Sessions’ plan drew immediate strong objection from Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, one of eight states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Gardner said in a tweet that the Justice Department “has trampled on the will of the voters” in Colorado and other states. He said the action would contradict what Sessions had told him before the attorney general was confirmed and that he was prepared “to take all steps necessary” to fight the step including holding up the confirmation of Justice Department nominees.

A Republican president should not be in the business of making this country less free. That’s what the other party is for. Leave the busybodying to them. And if Sessions really starts to do something here expect a strong response not only from senators but from the American people. It would pretty much guarantee a viable Libertarian candidate in 2020 which would not be good for Mr. Trump.

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