January 25, 2018

Boston Globe: Led by Warren, lawmakers urge Trump to overrule Sessions on pot

A bipartisan group of 54 members of Congress led by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Colorado Representative Jared Polis is demanding that President Trump restore the federal government's previous hands-off approach to marijuana.

Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, shook the foundation of the blossoming cannabis industry earlier this month when he rescinded Obama-era policies that had discouraged federal prosecutions of marijuana operations that are legal at the state level. Now, US prosecutors have broad discretion to enforce the longstanding federal prohibition on pot - including against regulated dispensaries and cultivation operations in states where the drug is legal.

The group organized by Warren and Polis sent Trump a letter Wednesday slamming the move by Sessions, which they said "upends the careful balance struck between the federal and state governments on marijuana enforcement."

Read the full article on the Boston Globe's website here.

By:  Dan Adams
Source: Boston Globe