Trump Administration Takes Step That Could Threaten California Marijuana Legalization

The viability of the multibillion-dollar marijuana legalization movement was thrown into new doubt on Thursday when the Trump administration freed prosecutors to more aggressively enforce federal laws against the drug in states that have decriminalized its production and sale, most recently California.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions, long a vocal opponent of the legalization of marijuana, rescinded an Obama-era policy that discouraged federal prosecutors in most cases from bringing charges wherever the drug is legal under state laws.

“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,” he said in a statement. In his memo to United States attorneys, he called the earlier policy “unnecessary” and pointed to federal laws that “reflect Congress’s determination that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that marijuana activity is a serious crime.”

Democrats and some Republicans condemned the move. Senator Cory Gardner, Republican of Colorado, threatened to retaliate by holding up Justice Department appointments that required Senate approval. Gavin Newsom, the Democratic lieutenant governor of California, vowed to encourage cooperation among states that have legalized marijuana. …

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  1. Brenda Torres says

    The Federal Government NEEDS to take Marijuana off the ‘Dangerous Drug’ list, and treat it just like cigarettes and liquor …

  2. Many Californians are going to lose their property for possession of Marijuana as it is a “Class I Narcotic.” Be sure Donald J. Trump will pay Jerry Brown back for the insults he has heaped on President Trump.

    Google “Two Minute Conservative” for more.

  3. “The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.”
    – Abraham Lincoln

    Perhaps Jeff Sessions is channeling Honest Abe.
    The ball is now in Congress’ court.

  4. Nothing about the cannabis fiasco that has been going on for almost fifty years has improved the lot of the taxpayer. It has been a political ball that just won’t stop bouncing.

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