Ever since Donald Trump took office, he has been keeping the promise of reversing as many of Obama’s ridiculous policies as he could, and he is following through with it in a huge way.
As The Washington Post reported, Attorney General Sessions reversed some directives that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that it had been legalized while Obama was in charge. The AG just sent out a memo to U.S. Attorneys, letting them know that federal law prohibits the possession and sale of marijuana, and he undid four previous memos of the Obama administration that advised against bringing weed prosecutions where it was legal for recreational or medical purposes, and that prosecutors should use their own discretion — bearing in mind the department’s limited resources, how serious the crime is, and the deterrent effect that they could impose — in weighing whether charges were appropriate. This is what was in the statement:
“It is the DOJ’s missiom to enforce the laws of our country. The previous issuance of guidance undermines the rule of law and the ability of our law enforcement partners to carry out that mission. Today’s memo on federal marijuana enforcement directs every U.S. Attorney to use already established prosecutorial principles that provide them every tool they need for disrupting criminal organizations, tackling the growing drug crisis and thwarting violent crime across the U.S.”
Barack obama will receive this as bad news, as he himself was a frequent user of this substance in his youth, and had worked so hard to legalize it. His daughter will receive it as bad news as well, bearing in mind that she has been caught on camera smoking marijuana, and is rumored to do so.
Sen. Cory Gardner has slammed this move, saying that it directly contradicts what Jeff Sessions told him before his confirmation and threatened to impede the nomination of Justice Department leaders in case this goes forward. He wrote the following:
“With no prior notice to Congress, the DOJ has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states as well. I am ready to do whatever it takes, including holding DOJ nominees until the AG lives up to the commitment he made to me before his confirmation.”