U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked Congressional leaders not to renew a current federal law that prevents the Department of Justice from spending money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws, according to a letter Sessions sent to Republican and Democratic House and Senate leadership.
“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 in a letter to Republican and Democratic House and Senate leadership.
“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.”
Sessions seeks to upend the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, passed into law in Dec. 2014. The bill prohibits the Justice Department from spending money to interfere with or obstruct states that have passed their own medical marijuana laws.