Ohio legal marijuana advocate blasts Sessions' federal policy change

Jimmy Gould, the Cincinnati man who's most responsible for bringing legalized marijuana to Ohio, today strongly objected to the USA Attorney General's new crackdown on pot (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Jimmy Gould, the Cincinnati man who's most responsible for bringing legalized marijuana to Ohio, strongly objected to the USA Attorney General's new crackdown on pot.

Jeff Sessions announced Thursday he's ending a federal policy that prevented people and businesses from being prosecuted for marijuana crimes in states where marijuana has been legalized.

Gould told Local 12's investigative reporter Duane Pohlman that he's calling on his former boss and close friend, President Trump, to rein in his Attorney General.

"General Sessions has basically rolled the clock back to the dark ages," Gould said. "He's rescinded the Colt Memorandum. He's basically said that state's rights don't matter. For a person who champions states rights, this is the single largest land grab in my lifetime that I've ever seen."

Unless Sessions' new rules are reversed, Gould says citizens who abide by state law will now face arrest and prosecutions under "archaic" federal law.

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