Republican senator slams Sessions, says he lied to him about marijuana policy

Senator Cory Garnder (R-CO) threatened to hold up the confirmation process for Justice Department nominations after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government was reversing policy on marijuana enforcement in states where the drug has been legalized.

Gardner of took to Twitter to blast Sessions’ decision to roll back the Obama-era policy that discouraged federal prosecutors from pursuing marijuana cases in states were it is legal. Colorado which was one of the first states to vote in favor of legalization.

According to Gardner, Sessions had assured him before Senate confirmation as Attorney General that he would keep the Obama-era policy in place. Gardner cited previous statements by President Donald Trump that the marijuana issue should be left up to the states.

“This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation,” Gardner tweeted. “With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states.”

“I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding DOJ nominees, until the Attorney General lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation,” Gardner said in a follow-up tweet.

In addition to Colorado, marijuana is legal in Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. California also recently voted in favor of legalizing recreational use. Medical marijuana is also allowed in 28 states.

In the past, Sessions has claimed that marijuana was as bad as heroin and that “good people don’t smoke” it.