Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration’s New Marijuana Policy


Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement following news reports that the Trump Administration Justice Department will roll back a policy that de-prioritizes marijuana-related prosecutions in states in which it is legal:

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision bulldozes over the will of the American people and insults the democratic process under which majorities of voters in California and in states across the nation supported decriminalization at the ballot box.  Yet again, Republicans expose their utter hypocrisy in paying lip-service to states’ rights while trampling over laws they personally dislike.

“Congress must now take action to ensure that state law is respected, and that Americans who legally use marijuana are not subject to federal prosecution.  Democrats will continue to insist on bipartisan provisions in appropriations bills that protect Americans lawfully using medical marijuana.  Congress should now consider expanding the provisions to cover those states that have decriminalized marijuana generally.

“Democrats urge Attorney General Sessions to begin the New Year with a commitment to prosecute the real crimes devastating our nation, not to waste precious time and resources waging a pointless, unjust war against innocent Americans.”

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