Trump administration changes approach to marijuana

The marijuana industry is celebrating a Department of Justice decision to go hands off. ABC News' Ali Rogin reports.
2:44 | 04/17/18

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Don't recruit to sack executives and legalize it I'm. You're a colleague Jeff Sessions was sworn in as attorney general he thinking is to listen to Peter Tosh very back in the day in the not are thinking so badly not so the growing Canada's industry including the millions who use it medicinal the end recreation only worried that saint laws might get trampled by the fats. Now the top administration is signaling that it wants the Department of Justice to take a more hands off approach to marijuana ABC's Alley broke it has that story. A monthlong standoff between the DOJ and Colorado senator Cory Gardner is over. And the marijuana industry nationwide has reason to celebrate. It was very big deal for color at a but I think it's very significant for the country. The Justice Department said Friday it would not interfere in Colorado's legal wheat industry. Scrapping a recent policy change that made it easier for prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana law. Even in states that allow it. Attorney general Jeff Sessions had sent that guidance in January which reversed and Obama era policy of deference to states known as the whole memo. And we're not going to pretend that there's not a law against marijuana. Gartner forced the administration's hand by blocking the senate from considering any DOJ nominees. Which sessions griped about publicly right now once senators. Concerns over on related issues but. Reversing. Federal law against marijuana McCain giving get a vote. Gardner said he was just calling sessions to a pledge he gave him private leave during his confirmation. Proceedings I was led to believe that there wouldn't be reversal there that the called a random which is what guides states implementation of their legal marijuana. Policies would not be changed. And of course it turned out to be not the case. The DLJ's move is also more in line with the policy president trump advocated on the campaign trail I think at times of marijuana I think and legalization I think that should be estate issues to. Gardner and his colleagues from other states that legalize marijuana are working on a bill to make clear that states get to make these slots. And garner says president trump is fully on board. Alley rogue an ABC news the capitol. And one of the big issues that has come up is the use of marijuana to help veterans with PT yeah see that seems to be one of the big. Points here. Aren't so that means a celebrations in just a couple and few more days will be will be quite right. Four on 420 day. Very topical very topic I think so that a poll found that 64% of Americans support legalizing for recreational use. It's a bad. Poured money Abby port what everybody.

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