U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to convince Congressional forces to help him impose a crackdown on the medical marijuana industry.
In a recent letter to Congress, Sessions tries to sell lawmakers on the idea of abandoning its support of the part of a federal spending bill that prohibits the Justice Department from shelling out tax dollars to go after the medical marijuana community.
“I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime,” Sessions wrote. “The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives.”
Sessions wants Congress to turn its back on a temporary rider known as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment. This provision, which has been in place for the past few years, is the only thing stopping federal agencies from using some twisted translation of the law to investigate, raid and prosecute medical marijuana participants.
Although the rider was renewed in…