Jeff Sessions, the Trump administration’s attorney general, fielded an array of questions from the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, including inquiries about his role in the presidential campaign as it applies to contact with Russians, possible investigations into the Uranium One sale, and the ATT-Time Warner merger.
But there was also a question about the administration’s policy about marijuana. Sessions, a long time cannabis prohibitionist, said “Our policy is the same really, fundamentally, as the Holder-Lynch policy, which is that the federal law remains in effect, and a state can legalize marijuana for its law enforcement purposes but it still remains illegal with regard to federal purposes.”
The answer was important to a group currently suing Sessions, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) over the claim that the Controlled Substance Act is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs currently include five
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