U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn’t wavering in his opposition to marijuana, even if it’s not a top priority for President Trump and the rest of his administration.
Sessions told a meeting of the National Sheriffs’ Association on Monday that it’s “frustrating” that he’s at loggerheads with others in Congress over marijuana policy, Forbes reported.
In a prepared version of his remarks, Sessions said:
“I cannot and will not pretend that a duly enacted law of this country – like the federal ban on marijuana – does not exist.
“Marijuana is illegal in the United States – even in Colorado, California and everywhere else in America.”
The president has not made cannabis policy a top priority or mentioned the topic specifically since taking office, with the exception of one ambiguous signing statement last May.
Sessions has also not taken any direct action – such as raiding state-licensed recreational marijuana businesses, something that would be entirely within his power – other than issuing his own DOJ policy memo on Jan. 4.
The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment prevents him from taking action against state-legal medical marijuana companies.