U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not here for your weed needs. The Republican former Alabama Senator and now top federal law enforcement official will rescind Obama administration rules that kept federal officials from enforcing the nation’s anti-marijuana laws, according to news reports.
Such a move could pave the way for the closure of a number of just-opened weed shops–specifically in California, where recreational marijuana use became legal on New Year’s Day.
Enthusiastic weedheads from miles away crowded the state’s weed stores as soon as sale became legal, and stores opened their doors, with cash, card, and Hefty bags in hand.
But even as Cali made recreational use legal, local laws remained murky: some counties banned Marijuana sale, while some did not.
A lot of the confusion is due to the fact that, although a number of states have legalized marijuana on some level, and polls show a majority of Americans support legalization, federal law still generally outlaws recreational use or sale.
Sessions is no fan of marijuana, and has said the drug emboldens drug traffickers and increases crime. Though he is expected to leave it up to local U.S. Attorneys to decide whether and how to enforce federal law, it’s also expected that any action that changes the Obama-era rules could lead to increased Marijuana prosecutions.