Justice Department to Rescind Obama-Era Relaxation of Marijuana Prosecution

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from The Wall Street Journal,

Decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions comes days after California became the latest state to permit sale of the drug for recreational use

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Thursday rescinded Obama-era policies that took a largely hands-off approach to enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized the drug for medical or recreational purposes.

In a single-page memo, Mr. Sessions called the previous guidance “unnecessary” and permitted U.S. attorneys to take a more aggressive approach to enforcing laws on marijuana trafficking and use. Justice Department officials said the previous guidance wasn’t consistent with federal law.

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