Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided to target marijuana-friendly states that legalized the plant, which is completely different than the hands off policy that the Obama administration adopted.
The move opens the door for federal prosecutors across the country to decide individually how to prioritize resources to crack down on marijuana possession, distribution and cultivation in states where it is legal. Many states and jurisdictions have legalized and or decriminalized its use creating a conflict between state and federal law who still lists marijuana as a schedule 1 drug along with cocaine, heroin, and LSD.
Sessions released the following statement: “In deciding which marijuana activities to prosecute under these laws with the department’s finite resources, prosecutors should follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutions, these principles require federal prosecutors deciding which cases to prosecute to weigh all relevant considerations of the crime, the deterrent effect of criminal prosecution, and the cumulative impact of particular crimes on the community.”
The National Institute of Drug abuse says that more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids everyday ranging in everything from pain killers to fentanyl. There are no reported cases of marijuana overdoses on record.