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Welch Statement on Sessions Marijuana Decision

January 4, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to reverse an Obama administration policy on the legalization of marijuana.

“Attorney General Sessions has cast aside a longstanding Republican principle of deference to the states in order to impose his misguided moral judgement on the medical and recreational use of marijuana. States that have legalized marijuana have done so after fully engaging their citizens on the decision and tailoring their laws to meet their unique circumstances. The federal government should defer to the states on this issue and use its limited law enforcement resources elsewhere.”