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Trump goes to war against marijuana

Staff Writer | January 5, 2018
The U.S. Department of Justice announced a "return to the rule of law" on marijuana in an attack by the Trump administration against a spreading movement to allow sales and recreational use of the drug.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the move in a memo that calls on U.S. prosecutors countrywide to enforce federal marijuana laws already on the books.

The announcement puts the administration in direct conflict with the more than 20 states that have passed laws allowing recreational pot.

The movement started under the previous administration of president Barack Obama. Its hands-off approach gave states the opportunity to set their own policies, resulting in numerous states permitting recreational marijuana under strict regulation.

The most populous U.S. state, California, this week became the most recent state to allow it.

Sessions's memo means the states and the industry could now face difficulties.

The memo directs all U.S. attorneys "to enforce the laws enacted by Congress and to follow well-established principles when pursuing prosecutions related to marijuana activities".

It also notes that Congress has generally prohibited growing, selling and possessing marijuana since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970.