WASHINGTON (CNN) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not like marijuana.
He has called regular marijuana use “only slightly less awful” than heroin dependence. He once made a joking comment about not minding the KKK until he found out they smoked marijuana. And as a senator, he was one of the most avowed opponents of legalization.
A few months with Sessions as the nation’s top cop have left pot supporters wondering how far he’ll go to roll back Justice Department policy allowing states to set their own pot rules.
Where things stand
As deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein put it this week, there is a “conflict” between federal and state views on marijuana. A drug offender in the eyes of the federal government is just a recreational pot-smoker in the eyes of a hefty handful of US states and DC, where Sessions goes to work each day.
Nevertheless, he has yet to crack the whip on states and localities like DC that allow marijuana use in opposition to federal law.
“We’re not able to