[Ed. – This can’t end well, so presumably it’s not the end-game. Maybe this is about forcing Congress’ hand or something. Leaving it up to federal district attorneys whether to prosecute is obviously a situation that won’t be sustainable over the long run. The “federal intrusion” argument, incidentally, makes for a begged question. We’ve had federal laws against the recreational drug trade for a long, long time. If we shouldn’t have had them, THAT‘s what needs to be agreed on and adjusted.]
The Trump administration threw the burgeoning movement to legalize marijuana into uncertainty Thursday as it lifted an Obama-era policy that kept federal authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will now leave it up to federal prosecutors to decide what to do when state rules collide with federal drug law.
Sessions’ action, just three days after a legalization law went into effect in California, threatened the future of the young industry, created confusion in states where the drug is legal and outraged both marijuana advocates and some members of Congress, including Sessions’ fellow Republicans. Many conservatives are wary of what they see as federal intrusion in areas they believe must be left to the states.