By Jacob Sullum – New York Post – August 9, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has moved swiftly to encourage the use of mandatory minimum sentences and civil asset forfeiture, two major weapons of a war on drugs he seems bent on escalating.
But six months after taking office, Sessions, despite his well-known anti-pot prejudices, hasn’t challenged the legalization of marijuana in any serious way, and it’s starting to look like he may never do so.
Last week, the Associated Press reported that an advisory panel Sessions charged with studying the issue “has come up with no new policy recommendations.” While that may seem surprising, there are sound practical and political reasons for Sessions to think twice before trying to shut down the state-licensed marijuana businesses that blatantly violate federal law every day.
Sessions has made no secret of his displeasure at the ongoing collapse of marijuana prohibition. But so far his concerns have not resulted in any prosecutions, forfeitures or even threatening letters. Nor has he tried to challenge state marijuana laws in federal court.
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