The Trump administration’s attack on legal marijuana, already stymied by large states determined not to roll back the clock, is increasingly confronting an even more politically potent adversary: military veterans.
Iowa officials insist the state’s newly expanded program, which includes the chance for two businesses to grow and sell medical cannabis, will remain safe from federal scrutiny. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants authority to go after such state programs.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked Congress to help roll back protections that have shielded medical marijuana dispensaries from federal prosecutors since 2014, according to a letter made public this week.
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.