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Federal prosecutors won't take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department's decision to lift an Obama-era policy overlooking state-regulated legalized pot trade, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said.
Federal law enforcement lacks the resources to take on 'routine cases' and will continue to focus on drug gangs and larger conspiracies, Sessions said in remarks in Washington DC on Saturday.
Colorado - California - Someone - Possession - Marijuana
'I am not going to tell Colorado or California or someone else that possession of marijuana is legal under United States law,' Sessions said, answering student questions after a speech at Georgetown's law school.
However, he added, federal prosecutors 'haven't been working small marijuana cases before, they are not going to be working them now.'
Comments - Trump - Administration - January - Legalization
The comments come after the Trump administration in January threw the burgeoning marijuana legalization movement into uncertainty by reversing the largely hands-off approach that prevailed during the Obama administration, saying federal prosecutors should instead handle marijuana cases however they see fit.
The Obama-era policy allowed...
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