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Report: Jeff Sessions may be trying to effectively end legal pot

Report: Jeff Sessions may be trying to effectively end legal pot
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Jeff Sessions has had quite enough of this legal marijuana malarkey, thank you very much. According to a new report from the AP, the U.S. attorney general is planning to roll back an Obama-era policy that allowed states to legalize recreational marijuana despite federal law that still prohibits the drug. Apparently, states’ rights are good and all, but only when it comes to letting citizens buy guns without background checks and restricting abortion rights, not legalized marijuana. Per the AP, which cited anonymous sources, Sessions will instead let federal prosecutors decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana laws in those states where pot is legal, which will undoubtedly further complicate the gray area that exists in the legal pot landscape.

The move comes days after California legalized the sale of recreational marijuana, joining seven states and the District of Columbia in the legal pot market. The majority of Americans think the drug should be legalized, a bipartisan group of senators have urged Sessions to uphold existing marijuana policy, and President Trump hasn’t weighed in one way or the other. Sessions, though, seems determined to personally save the world from what he sees as a substance on par with heroin.

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