Justice Department ends Obama-era marijuana policy

Previously, the Obama administration’s guidelines had created a safe harbor for this drug industry


Reuters January 04, 2018
Previously, the Obama administration’s guidelines had created a safe harbor for this drug industry. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department on Thursday rescinded a policy begun under Democratic former President Barack Obama that had eased enforcement of federal marijuana laws, saying it would be up to federal prosecutors across the country to prioritize any such drug cases.

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The Obama administration’s guidelines had “created a safe harbor for the marijuana industry to operate in these states and ... there is a belief that that is inconsistent with what the federal law says,” a Justice Department official told reporters, referring to states that have legalized the drug.

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