Pelosi: Sessions' marijuana policy change is 'shameful'

Pelosi: Sessions' marijuana policy change is 'shameful'
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden to meet House Dems before Europe trip: report On The Money — Will the billionaire tax survive Joe Manchin? Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Democrats prepare to grill oil execs MORE (D-Calif.) Thursday slammed as "shameful" Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE's decision to rescind an Obama-era policy that provided states with leeway to allow recreational marijuana.

"Attorney General Sessions, your unjust war against Americans who legally use #marijuana is shameful & insults the democratic processes that played out in states across the country," Pelosi said in a tweet. 

Pelosi's comments follow reports that Sessions would roll back the so-called Cole memo, written by former Deputy Attorney General James Cole, which directed attorneys in states where marijuana had been made legal to not make the prosecution of marijuana cases a top priority. Sessions released the official memo rescinding previous guidance on Thursday afternoon.

The decision could put the federal government in conflict with states where marijuana is already legal. 

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The Justice Department has called the action a return to the rule of law. 

"It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States, and the previous issuance of guidance undermines the rule of law and the ability of our local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners to carry out this mission," Sessions said in a statement.