AG Nominee Jeff Sessions Won't Commit to Not Enforcing Federal Marijuana Laws - NEWS | MERRY JANE

Tuesday's Senate confirmation hearing leaves marijuana advocates concerned.

Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today that he “would not commit to never enforcing federal law” when it comes to handling states that have legalized marijuana.

Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont stepped up during Session’s confirmation hearing to find out more about where the AG nominee stands on states that have legalized medical marijuana, specifically those jurisdictions that presently allow the use of CBD oil by children with epilepsy.

Although Sessions agreed with Leahy that prosecutions related to federal marijuana prohibition might be a misuse of federal tax dollars, he refused to pledge his support for statewide legalization. 

“I won’t commit to never enforcing federal law,” he said. “But absolutely it’s a problem of resources for the federal government.”

Sessions explained that his predecessors in the DOJ have already outlined a set of guidelines intended to narrow the gap between state and federal marijuana laws. But he stopped short of elaborating whether he intends to adhere to those policies, or if he plans to launch a major crackdown.