(NY DAILY NEWS) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking aim at legalized marijuana, according to an Associated Press report.
Sessions on Thursday announced the repeal a 2013 Obama-era policy that’s protected legalized marijuana from federal intervention.
The policy change would allow for each state’s U.S. attorneys to decide whether to aggressively enforce the federal marijuana law — even if the substance has already been made legal in their state.
The memo did not offer any new specific guidelines for how the policy change would be implemented and enforced, only that the previous policy is “unnecessary.”
“This memorandum is intended solely as a guide to exercise the investigative and prosecutorial discretion,” Sessions said.
The Obama administration in what’s been dubbed the “Cole Memo,” announced it would not prevent states from legalizing marijuana as long as the substance is kept away from minors and criminals. The memo, authored by then-Deputy Attorney General James Cole, also required officials to prevent it from reaching places where it was still illegal.
Marijuana has since been legalized in eight states and the District of Columbia for recreational use, and the weed business has bloomed into a booming multimillion-dollar industry.