Sweeney Denounces Sessions' Move to Punish States that Legalize Marijuana

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U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era policy on marijuana enforcement that discouraged federal authorities from interfering in states where marijuana is legal.

On Friday, January 5th, New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney issued a statement criticizing the move made the before by the attorney general.

“The action taken by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind the Department of Justice’s policy towards state-legal marijuana is wrong for the country and wrong for New Jersey," said Sweeney. "It is a regressive move that would deny the progress that is being made towards a criminal justice system that treats people fairly and that recognizes the broad public support for the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use."

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Sweeney went on to explain the careful processes New Jersey has taken in its efforts to become one of the states to legalize marijuana. 

“We have taken a cautious and thoughtful approach in studying legalization for New Jersey and we have learned from the experience of other states," said Sweeney. "We worked with public health officials, law enforcement and others to understand the most responsible ways to put in place laws, regulations and policies that would permit the safe use of marijuana in New Jersey."

The action taken by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind the Department of Justice’s policy towards state-legal marijuana is wrong for the country and wrong for New Jersey.

The state senate president has also vowed to not let Sessions' actions deter state officials from moving forward with implementing their plans to legalize marijuana in New Jersey.

"We will continue to work towards legalization and will resist any attempts by Attorney General Sessions or the Trump Administration to impose its will on the states and to stop the progress that has been made to reform the prohibition-type mentality that criminalizes the use of marijuana,” said Sweeney.

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