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Jeff Sessions Petitioned Congress to Undo Medical Pot Protections

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 10:49 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to Congress in May asking that it undo federal protections for medical marijuana, The Washington Post reported.

In the letter, which surfaced Monday, Sessions petitioned Congress to do away with the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which prohibits the Justice Department from using federal funds to go after states with laws on the books allowing the use and distribution of medical marijuana, The Post reported.

Sessions, who has been repeatedly outspoken against the use of marijuana in any form, wants to prosecute providers, the Post reported.

"I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime," Sessions wrote, The Post reported.

"The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives." 

The amendment has staunch bipartisan support within Congress and with voters, The Post reported.

"Mr. Sessions stands athwart an overwhelming majority of Americans and even, sadly, against veterans and other suffering Americans who we now know conclusively are helped dramatically by medical marijuana," a spokesperson for amendment co-author Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., told The Post.

Trump ran on a platform of being in favor of medical marijuana but seemingly has changed his mind, supporting his attorney general.

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