Sen. Cortez Masto to President Trump: Don't crack down on pot

Published: Jan. 24, 2018 at 9:04 PM PST
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Nevada’s U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Reps. Jacky Rosen and Dina Titus were among the 54 members of Congress who signed a letter urging President Donald Trump to ease federal prosecution of people who use marijuana in states where it is legalized.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions lifted the Obama-era policy earlier this month. Sessions would leave it up to prosecutors if they were going to crack down.

Nevada is one of nine states that has allowed recreational use of marijuana by adults.

Asked for comment, Cortez Masto’s office referred to a statement her office put out after Sessions reversed policy on the Cole Memorandum in early January.

“Attorney General Sessions says he is a headstrong advocate for states’ rights,” Cortez Masto said in a statement. “However, his decision giving free rein to federal prosecutors to target the cannabis industry in states where voters and legislatures have chosen to legalize and regulate the use of marijuana exposes his hypocrisy.

“In states like Nevada, voters have spoken loud and clear that marijuana must be regulated and taxed, and that the state should be able to enforce its marijuana laws without federal interference,” she continued. “By rescinding the Cole memo, this administration is trampling on the will of Nevadans and creating unnecessary confusion for our state.”

The letter to Trump was bi-partisan. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Colorado Rep. Jared Polis led the effort.