Marijuana enforcement policy to be reviewed by Justice Department

 In Decriminalization, Legal, Medical Marijuana, News, Politics

A crime reduction task force created by Attorney General Jeff Sessions will review how the Department of Justice enforces marijuana laws, among other things, according to a memo Sessions issued Wednesday to 94 U.S. attorneys.

The new Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety will “review existing policies in the areas of charging, sentencing, and marijuana to ensure consistency with the department’s overall strategy on reducing violent crime and with administration goals and priorities,” according to the memo obtained by CBS News’ Paula Reid.

Although Sessions hasn’t explicitly laid out his stance on marijuana, he said in February that the DOJ will try to adopt “responsible policies” for enforcing marijuana laws. Experts, he said, told him there’s “more violence around marijuana than one would think.


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