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Department of Justice is Looking at 'Rational' Marijuana Policy, Says Jeff Sessions, Hinting at Possible Crackdown

By Sean McCaughan
Nov 29, 2017

Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (or as he's usually known, just Jeff Sessions) has hinted at a shift in the Federal Department of Justice's marijuana policies, specifically in how the DOJ currently does not interfere in states which have legalized it for medicinal or recreational use.

Sessions said today that the Justice Department is looking at ways to work toward a "rational" marijuana policy, as reported by CNN. He did not provide further details about the directions the department is considering on marijuana. "We're looking very hard on that right now. In fact, we had meetings yesterday and talked about it at some length," he said while discussing new funding the department has received to fight the opioid crisis.

However, Sessions wasn't afraid to share his personal opinion on the subject in a number of remarks, possibly hinting at the direction the DOJ is going, and those opinions were predictably conservative. CNN quotes him as viewing pot as "detrimental," and that consumption is still a federal violation. "I don't want to suggest in any way that this department in any way believes that marijuana is harmless ... people should avoid it," he said.

Caricature of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, Via Flickr/DonkeyHotey.

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