A task force assembled by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to combat legal marijuana laws has devised no new policy recommendations to execute that mission, according to a report Friday night.
In documents obtained by the Associated Press, the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety reiterates the current Justice Department policy, dating back to the Obama administration, on marijuana and recommends federal officials to keep studying the issue.
Legal memos written by the Obama administration allowed states to legalize marijuana, with conditions requiring officials to prevent marijuana from migrating to places where it's still illegal, and kept away from criminals and children. Eight states and Washington, D.C. have legalized marijuana for recreational use.
The documents indicate a departure from past rhetoric by Sessions, who has described marijuana as a gateway to more dangerous drugs like heroin, and has blamed it for spikes in violence in some U.S. cities.
The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, a group of prosecutors and federal law enforcement officials, wrote that the DOJ "should evaluate whether to maintain, revise, or rescind" the Obama memos, but it offers no further guidance.
The report is not final, AP reports, and Sessions does not have to follow its recommendations.