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Jeff Sessions' going after marijuana is dumb, but it's also anti-freedom and anti-federalism

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Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions was going through the confirmation process, his stance on marijuana had been well known. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

On Thursday, the Associated Press learned that Attorney General Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era policy that allowed states to legalize recreational and possibly medical marijuana. Instead, he'll let federal prosecutors decide how aggressively they want to pursue cases to enforce federal laws on marijuana use and possession, according to sources.

Since Sessions was going through the confirmation process, his stance on weed has been well known.

The marijuana industry has been booming, growing to over $7.1 billion, since states took matters into their own hands and voted on ballot measures to either legalize medical or even recreational marijuana.

Whatever your views on the health benefits or risks of marijuana, this is just bad policy.

What happened to Republicans and conservatives advocating for state powers and against an all-powerful central government? Sessions' disregard for the tenets of federalism by infringing on the rights of states to govern their citizens the way the people like to be governed is a new low for his tenure as attorney general.

In addition to expanding police power with respect to asset forfeiture, Sessions has become the epitome of big overreaching government in the Trump administration. Not even President Trump wants the federal government to infringe on state prerogatives when it comes to their laws on marijuana.

Not only is it bad policy from a state perspective, it also puts the decriminalization issue back into the fold. If federal prosecutors are now able to enforce federal law in states where marijuana is legal, you'll find more people enter the prison system for doing something their state government chose to legalize.

With this move, Sessions arguably confirms his status as President Trump's most disappointing cabinet choice, but it wasn't unexpected.

Siraj Hashmi is a commentary video editor and writer for the Washington Examiner.