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What They’re Saying: Sessions' War on Pot

by Countable | 1.5.18

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Thursday that he plans to end the policy that allowed states to relax restrictions on recreational pot without the threat of federal interference.

Politicians from across the political spectrum reacted with dismay to the decision, especially those representing states that legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana.

Washington Democratic governor Jay Inslee, whose constituents voted to legalize marijuana some five years ago, tweeted:

Massachusetts Republican governor Charlie Baker, whose state is expected to open dispensaries later this year, said:

"The Baker-Polito Administration full supports the will of the voters and the [Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission]'s mission. The administration believes this is the wrong decision and will review any potential impacts from any policy changes by the local U.S. Attorney's Office."

Republican senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – whose state legalized recreational pot in 2015 – tweeted a statement that included:

"Over the past year I repeatedly discouraged Attorney General Sessions from taking this action and asked that he work with the states and Congress if he feels changes are necessary. Today's announcement is disruptive to state regulatory regimes and regrettable."

Republicans and Democrats in Colorado, which legalized recreational pot in 2014, took aim at Sessions.

Republican senator Cory Gardner blasted the AG in a series of tweets:

Colorado Democratic state senators shared Gardner’s sentiments, though they were a bit more mellow:

Oregon Democratic senator Ron Wyden – whose state legalized pot in 2014 – tweeted:

Nevada began selling recreational marijuana in July 2017. The state’s Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, released a statement saying:

"I believe Nevada's marijuana industry is a model for other states. My staff and I will review the memo that was released this morning and our state options. I look forward to the appointment of the new Nevada United States Attorney and further guidance that will be provided by the Department of Justice.

Recreational marijuana use became legal in California on Monday. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who represents California’s 12th congressional district, tweeted:

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