Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the 2013 Cole memo that had directed the Justice Department to make enforcement of federal marijuana laws a low priority in states where it is legal. Currently, the District of Columbia and eight states have made recreational marijuana legal. Some form of medical marijuana is allowed in 22 states and a lesser form of medical marijuana extract is allowed in 15 states.
The decision by Sessions has caused a strong backlash around the country. Currently, in a number of polls, legalizing marijuana is supported by a strong majority of people. Sessions’ decision even brought about a rare moment of bipartisanship in Congress, as people from both sides of the aisle condemned this move. This decision also goes against the position President Trump took during the campaign. Politifact has cited a number of instances where the president indicated he felt the states should decide this issue, not the federal government. Given the strong reaction to this decision and the fact it appears to contradict the president’s position, a question comes to mind. Should Jeff Sessions be fired for rescinding the 2013 Cole memo?
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Should Jeff Sessions be fired for rescinding the Cole memo? Is he directly going against President Trump’s position on this issue? Or, is Jeff Sessions just doing his job and should be left alone?