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AG Sessions Wants to Enforce Federal Marijuana Law in Legal Weed States

January 04, 2018  | 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded several Obama-era directives that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the substance.

In a memo sent to U.S. attorneys Thursday, Sessions noted that federal law prohibits the possession and sale of marijuana, and he undid several previous Obama administration memos that advised against bringing weed prosecutions in states where it was legal to use for recreational or medical purposes. Sessions said prosecutors should use their own discretion — taking into consideration the department’s limited resources, the seriousness of the crime, and the deterrent effect that they could impose — in weighing whether charges were appropriate.

“It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States, and the previous issuance of guidance undermines the rule of law and the ability of our local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners to carry out this mission,” Sessions said in a statement. “Therefore, today’s memo on federal marijuana enforcement simply directs all U.S. Attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country.”

The move, first reported by the Associated Press, potentially paves the way for the federal government to crack down on the burgeoning pot industry — though the precise impact remains to be seen, the Washington Post reports.

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Clint @ 1/4/2018 6:04 PM

What a waste of law enforcement resources.

kevcopaz @ 1/4/2018 9:35 PM

About time1 This is an excellent move. Now that there are millions invested in non medical marijuana by money grubbing get rich quick corporations it is the perfect time to come in and seize assets and funds of every commercial pot growers in these states under RICO .These are just corporate drug dealers who took the risk and now will have the Federal hammer fall upon them. Under RICO all assets of the companies and all the assets of ANYONE who earned money selling (illegally under federal law) can have their assets seized as well. This is HUGE for federal power and all that money can be used by the Federal government. The DOJ needs to send a warning to cease and desist immediately all non medial marijuana sales and if they do not pounce upon them take the owners and the CEOs to jail and take ALL assets, period.This is also an aded benefit of hurting the Left run states where this has been allowed as a money grab for more tax funding. This will be soon fun to watch IF DOJ acts.

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