Washington, DC: United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday announced his resignation from the Justice Department.
Sessions was a longstanding, vocal opponent of marijuana policy reform, who once opined, "Good people don't smoke marijuana." As Attorney General, his office rescinded the 2013 Cole memorandum which directed prosecutors not to interfere in state-sanctioned marijuana activity. However, that action encouraged numerous members from both parties to strongly criticize the office, and eventually led to the introduction of The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act of 2018 - bipartisan House and Senate legislation that seeks to protect jurisdictions that have legalized marijuana from federal intervention.
Sessions' chief of staff Matt Whitaker will serve as acting Attorney General until a permanent appointment is confirmed.
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