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Senators ask feds not to clamp down on state marijuana laws

Published:Friday | March 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM
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Senators from eight states that have legalised the recreational or medicinal use of marijuana are asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to uphold the Department of Justice's existing enforcement policy towards states with voter-approved marijuana laws.

Massachusetts Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey were among those who signed the letter yesterday. Massachusetts voters backed the recreational use of pot last year.

The senators point to comments by White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggesting stepped-up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana.

Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalised recreational marijuana.

The Obama administration opted not intervene in state marijuana laws as long as states had systems to control the drug's cultivation and sale.

Senators from Oregon, Nevada, Hawaii, Washington, Colorado, New Jersey, and Alaska also signed the letter.