Attorney General Sessions has said ‘good people don’t smoke marijuana’ — that belief could lead to fuller jails

The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and already has indicated a looming need for private prison cells seems poised to usher in a reversal of that trend.

State Marijuana Laws Complicate Federal Job Recruitment

It may now be legal in Colorado, in Washington State and elsewhere to possess and smoke marijuana, but federal laws outlawing its use — and rules that make it a fireable offense for government workers — have remained rigid. As a result, recruiters for federal agencies are arriving on university campuses in those states with the sobering message that marijuana use will not be tolerated.

Legal marijuana sparks liability fears for Colorado employers

Marijuana legalization in Colorado put business owners like Dottie Peterson in a quandary. Peterson doesn’t want workers at the staffing service she operates to use marijuana on the job, though she doesn’t mind if they do it in their free time. But she can’t hire drug users because of her insurance. Many companies, including hers, get better worker’s compensation insurance rates by being a drug-free workplace, so the new employees she hires must pass drug tests.