Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner on Thursday morning used Twitter to blast Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ reported decision to rescind an Obama-era Justice Department policy that allowed for legalized marijuana to be possible in U.S. states despite pot being federally unlawful.
“This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation,” the Coloradan posted on Twitter. “With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states. (President Donald Trump) had it right. This must be left up to the states.”
The Associated Press reported Thursday morning that two people with knowledge of the decision told the AP that Sessions move to rescind the so-called Cole Memo will let federal prosecutors where marijuana is legal decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law.
The move by President Trump’s attorney general likely will add to confusion about whether it’s OK to grow, buy or use marijuana in states where cannabis is legal, since long-standing federal law prohibits it. [Read more at The Denver Post]