Times Reporters Answer Your Questions About US Marijuana Policy

For years, advocates of cannabis legalization have unsuccessfully urged the federal government to remove marijuana from its Schedule I listing — the category of drugs deemed to be the most potentially harmful and addictive and to lack medicinal value. Others in that category include heroin. — Charlie Savage

Are federal prosecutors free to ignore this? I see the word “discretion” in every article — presumably they can use their discretion to pursue other things instead. Is this at all likely? — David Dyte, Brooklyn, N.Y.

In theory, United States attorneys in federal districts around the country have discretion to continue to focus their resources elsewhere and to not bring marijuana cases. It remains to be seen how President Trump’s Justice Department will handle the new policy in practice. — Charlie Savage

What is California’s policy? Will it be enforced statewide?

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