U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week announced the Justice Department will end the lenient enforcement of federal marijuana laws.
The announcement came two days after a new legalization measure took effect in California.
Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era policy which allowed states to legalize marijuana.
The new directive will let federal prosecutors where marijuana is legal to decide how aggressively to enforce federal law that prohibits it. The decision flies in the face of earlier statements by President Donald Trump, who argued that states should have more jurisdictional power.
Sessions said in his statement, “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 and the ability of our local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners to carry out this mission.”
Eleventh District Representative Jeremy Faison, (R-Cosby) is co-chair of the Joint Committee on Medical Cannabis which is evaluating “whether it serves the