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‘He Lied’: GOP Senator Declares War On Jeff Sessions For Lying About Marijuana Policy

Republican Senator Cory Garnder (CO) said he will hold up the confirmation process for Justice Department nominations after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government was reversing policy on marijuana enforcement in states where the drug has been legalized.

Sessions announced he will roll back an Obama-era policy that gave states leeway to allow marijuana for recreational purposes, The Associated Press first reported Thursday.

The move is likely to put the federal government in conflict with states where marijuana is legal for recreational use. California on Monday became the sixth state to legalize recreational marijuana. Massachusetts and Maine are set to join those states later this year.

Gardner of took to Twitter to blast Sessions’ decision to roll back the Obama-era policy that discouraged federal prosecutors from pursuing marijuana cases in states were it is legal. Colorado which was one of the first states to vote in favor of legalization.

“This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation,” Gardner tweeted. “With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states.”

“I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding DOJ nominees, until the Attorney General lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation,” Gardner said in a follow-up tweet.

In addition to Colorado, marijuana is legal in Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. California also recently voted in favor of legalizing recreational use. Medical marijuana is also allowed in 28 states.

In the past, Sessions has claimed that marijuana was as bad as heroin and that “good people don’t smoke” it.

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