Jus­tice Depart­ment may crack down on pot

The Columbus Dispatch - - Nation&world -

WASH­ING­TON — At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions hinted Wed­nes­day that the Jus­tice Depart­ment may take a tougher stance on re­cre­ational mar­i­juana, a change in pol­icy that would have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the five states plus the District of Columbia that al­ready al­low the drug to be used for more than medic­i­nal pur­poses.

Mar­i­juana, how­ever, re­mains il­le­gal un­der fed­eral law.

“It’s my view that the use of mar­i­juana is detri­men­tal, and we should not give en­cour­age­ment in any way to it, and it rep­re­sents a fed­eral vi­o­la­tion, which is in the law and is sub­ject to be­ing en­forced,” Ses­sions said at a news con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day.

Ses­sions and other DOJ of­fi­cials pre­vi­ously in­di­cated they would con­tinue the pol­icy laid out un­der for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, which in essence al­lows state of­fi­cials lee­way in how they deal with the drug as long as they meet cer­tain stan­dards, like keep­ing cannabis out of the hands of mi­nors, keep­ing it from cross­ing into states where it isn’t le­gal and pre­vent­ing drugged driv­ing.

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