Report: Sessions asks congressional leaders to undo medical marijuana protections

Posted at 9:57 AM, Jun 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 11:59:15-04

WASHINGTON — In letters sent to congressional leaders, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly asked for elected officials to help undo federal medical marijuana protections put into place in 2014.

A letter, first reported by on Monday, shows Sessions argued the amendment inhibits the Justice Department from enforcing the Controlled Substances Act.

Sessions is targeting the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which prohibits his department from using federal funds to prosecute and prevent states from passing laws to legalize medical marijuana.

The Attorney General has not historically been a fan of marijuana, comparing the drug to the heroin epidemic.

It’s not known if Sessions’ efforts will be successful. The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment has historically had bipartisan support in Congress, as well as medical marijuana boasting support from the public.