On Thursday, Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) took to Twitter to call out Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
According to The Hill, “Sessions plans to rescind the so-called Cole memo, written by former US Attorney General James M. Cole under former President Obama, which directed federal prosecutors to deprioritize marijuana-related offenses in states that have legalized recreational use of the substance.”
In a series of tweets, Gardner wrote, “[email protected] had it right. This must be left up to the states.”
“This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation. 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.”
Many prominent political leaders have spoken out against Sessions’s controversial decision as well.
On Thursday, Rep Ted Lieu (D-California) tweeted, “AG Jeff Sessions apparently wants to take America back to the 1920s. Prohibition didn’t work then and it will not work now. Congress needs to pass sensible laws to prevent a monumental waste of precious federal resources chasing Americans who use #cannabis. #thursdaythoughts.”
Senator Bernie Sanders also took to Twitter to blast the decision, writing, “Marijuana is not the same as heroin. No one who has seriously studied the issue believes that marijuana should be classified as a Schedule 1 drug beside killer drugs like heroin. Quite the contrary. We should allow states the right to move toward the decriminalization of marijuana, not reverse the progress that has been made in recent years.”