Jeff Sessions announces end to policy that allowed legal pot to flourish

*A comparison of the constant U.S. federal prison population and constant federal debt (in constant 2013 dollars) from the 1940s to 1980, and the dramatic increase in both from 1980 to 2012. There is no causality connecting them other than that they are both caused by the policies of the federal government during those two periods. The debt is projected to increase for another decade, but the prison population decreased in 2013 for the first time since 1979.

California, which has allowed medical marijuana use for two decades, opened its dispensaries to the general public without prescriptions on Jan. 1, 2018. Justice Department officials said they were unaware of any link between the timing of Jeff Session’s announcement and the state’s recent shift.

In a long-awaited move, the Justice Department chief withdrew federal guidelines that effectively limited prosecutions of businesses and individuals who sold pot in a legal manner under state law, even though the drug remains illegal under federal law. Sessions said future prosecutions would be up to individual U.S. attorneys. However, the announcement appeared intended to discourage marijuana-related business by being deliberately vague about future federal enforcement efforts. In February, [the current attorney general] said that while states “can pass the laws they choose,” he maintained that it remained “a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States.” But the gesture is already facing opposition from political leaders in states where marijuana has been decriminalized or legalized. Colorado’s U.S. attorney, Bob Troyer, issued a statement Thursday saying his office wouldn’t change its approach to prosecuting marijuana crimes, despite the Justice Department’s announcement.

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Jeff Sessions announces end to policy that allowed legal pot to flourish
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