When Donald Trump took office, he promised that he would reverse as many of Barack Hussein Obama’s ridiculous policies as he could. Now, he is following through with this promise in a huge way.
The Washington Post reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions just reversed numerous Obama-era directives that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the substance. Sessions sent out a memo to U.S. Attorneys today telling them that federal law prohibits the possession and sale of marijuana, and he undid four previous Obama administration memos that advised against bringing weed prosecutions in states where it was legal to use for recreational or medical purposes.
Sessions also told them that prosecutors should use their own discretion — taking into consideration the department’s limited resources, the seriousness of the crime, and the deterrent effect that they could impose — in weighing whether charges were appropriate.
“It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States, and the previous issuance of guidance undermines the rule of law and the ability of our local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners to carry out this mission,” Sessions said in a statement. “Therefore, today’s memo on federal marijuana enforcement simply directs all U.S. Attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country.”
This will come as bad news to Obama, as he himself was a frequent marijuana smoker in his youth and had worked hard to legalize the drug. It will also come as bad news to his daughter, who has been caught on camera smoking marijuana in the past and is rumored to do so quite often.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) has slammed this move, saying it “directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation.” He also threatened to impede the nomination of Justice Department leaders if this goes forward.
“With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states,” he wrote. “I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding DOJ nominees, until the Attorney General lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation.”