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Allow states to decide marijuana legalization for themselves

By in Press Enterprise on December 6, 2017

By The Editorial Board

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled a potential change in federal marijuana policy, saying at a press conference that the Department of Justice was working “very hard right now” to develop “a rational policy” toward marijuana.

Currently, marijuana remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. While most states have allowed some form of lawful access to marijuana, including seven and the District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, federal law looms above them all.

As of now, the Trump administration has followed the approach of the Obama administration in taking a hands-off approach to states that chose to regulate marijuana. But with Sessions, who has publicly stated his belief that “good people don’t smoke marijuana,” at the helm of the DOJ, there is great uncertainty about the course of federal action.

While it remains unclear what Sessions’ idea of a “rational policy” toward marijuana is, his remarks are understandably troubling many proponents of legalization.

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“It’s my view that the use of marijuana is detrimental, and we should not give encouragement in any way to it,” he said. “And it represents a federal violation, which is in the law and it’s subject to being […]    

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