Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made it abundantly clear that he's no fan of marijuana legalization. But that doesn't stop him from making his distaste for legalization every chance he can get.
Sessions appeared at a press conference in San Diego yesterday where he was promoting a series of major drug busts. A reporter asked him a question about marijuana, and he re-iterated his stance against legalization.
"I've never felt that we should legalize marijuana," Sessions said. "It doesn't strike me that the country would be better if it's being sold on every street corner. We do know that legalization results in greater use."
When asked about how the Justice Department will enforce laws in states with legalized marijuana, Sessions simply said, "Federal law remains in effect."
Sessions' comments come only one week after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein implied that the Justice Department doesn't have to follow rules that prevent them from interfering in the marijuana industry in legalized state. The "Cole Memo" from the Obama administration stated that as long as legalized states followed certain guidelines, the federal government would not get involved in their affairs. Rosenstein said that the memo doesn't mean that federal laws don't apply and said people could still be prosecuted in those states.
While Sessions and the Trump administration have repeatedly made their anti-marijuana stance clear, so far they haven't enacted policies to disrupt legalized states. But considering how often they bash marijuana, we can't rule out that they will one day.