Sessions Confirms: No Small Ball Marijuana Cases for the DOJ
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday that the Justice Department will not pursue “small marijuana cases” despite the department’s recent decision to lift an Obama-era policy discouraging prosecutions in states that have legalized marijuana.
"I am not going to tell Colorado or California or someone else that possession of marijuana is legal under United States law," said Sessions in response to a question he received during a speech at Georgetown Law. But federal prosecutors "haven't been working small marijuana cases before, they are not going to be working them now."
The announcement was a pleasant surprise for marijuana and states’ rights advocates. Still, there was a sense that it underscored some of the mixed messages coming out of the Trump administration and its DOJ, and contributed to some of the confusion over the future of marijuana.
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