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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after legalized marijuana. Sessions is rescinding a policy that had let legalized marijuana flourish without federal intervention across the country.


That’s according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision. They were not allowed to publicly discuss it before an announcement expected Thursday and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The move will leave it to U.S. attorneys where pot is legal to decide whether to aggressively enforce federal marijuana law. The move likely will add to confusion about whether it’s OK to grow, buy or use marijuana in states where it’s legal, since long-standing federal law prohibits it.

Christopher Pate, chief production officer of Glass House Grown, a licensed cannabis provider in the state of Oregon that produces medical cannabis, holds a tray with marijuana Thursday, May 12, 2016, that he produced–a cross of DJ Short Blueberry and Afghan Kush in Redmond, Ore., on property he and his wife bought less than a year ago to grow marijuana. Dozens of communities and about half of Oregon’s counties have banned recreational pot shops as allowed under state law, but a group of pot activists are asking voters in two counties on May 17 to overturn the opt-outs. More communities and counties will be voting on similar measures in the general election in November. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

The decision comes days after California began selling recreational marijuana.

Sessions compares marijuana to heroin and blames it for spikes in violence.

Associated Press

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