Justice Department may crack down on pot
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.