Sessions Has ‘Almost Obsession’ With Cannabis, Obama AG Says

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Latest in Politics Blumenauer Calls for Cannabis Research to Combat Opioid Crisis Two Cannabis Proposals Head to the Ballot in Michigan With Plans to Sell CBD Nationwide, Lucky’s Market Charts Legal Gray Area Politics Oregon Officials Rebuff Jeff Sessions' Criticisms Pop Culture The Week's Cannabis Quotes: Kevin Sabet, David Crosby & More Politics Two Cannabis States Push Back on Trump Administration Politics Task Force Gives Sessions Scant Ammunition for Crackdown The attorney general has also appealed to Congress to remove protections that prevent federal prosecutors from targeting state-legal medical marijuana. “The Sessions almost obsession with marijuana, I think, is the thing that’s put the Justice Department in this strange place,” Holder said. His office is currently reviewing the so-called Cole Memo, an Obama-era policy under which federal authorities said they wouldn’t interfere with state-legal cannabis laws provided states met certain guidelines, such as prohibiting underage sales and diversion to the illegal market. Some activists, including Marijuana Moment writer Tom Angell, pointed out that Holder could have gone a step further by reclassifying cannabis under the federal Controlled Substances Act. “Eric Holder could’ve rescheduled marijuana while in office but didn’t,” Angell wrote on Twitter. Holder: Sessions’ ‘Almost Obsession’ With Cannabis Puts DOJ in ‘Strange Place’Former Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)Former US Attorney General Eric Holder took aim at current AG Jeff Sessions this week, saying Sessions has an “almost obsession” with cannabis that has put the Justice Department in a “strange place.” Holder, who also defended the Obama administration’s stance on state-legal cannabis as “really good policy,” was speaking at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on Tuesday. “I think the policy we had in place was a good one.”Eric Holder, Obama-era AG Since taking office, Sessions has repeatedly lamented state-level legalization, continuing a stream of earlier statements deriding both recreational and medical use of cannabis.

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Holder: Sessions’ ‘Almost Obsession’ With Cannabis Puts DOJ in ‘Strange Place’

Former Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Former US Attorney General Eric Holder took aim at current AG Jeff Sessions this week, saying Sessions has an “almost obsession” with cannabis that has put the Justice Department in a “strange place.”

Holder, who also defended the Obama administration’s stance on state-legal cannabis as “really good policy,” was speaking at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on Tuesday.

“I think the policy we had in place was a good one.”Eric Holder, Obama-era AG

Since taking office, Sessions has repeatedly lamented state-level legalization, continuing a stream of earlier statements deriding both recreational and medical use of cannabis. His office is currently reviewing the so-called Cole Memo, an...

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