Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not afraid to make his anti-marijuana feelings known to the public. But in a recent appearance on Capitol Hill, the anti-cannabis crusader seemed to dial back his rhetoric.

Sessions appeared in front of the House Judiciary Committee to discuss his handling of the Department of Justice, and the Attorney General somewhat surprisingly said that Obama-era policies are still in effect when it comes to marijuana.

“Our policy is the same, really, fundamentally as the Holder-Lynch policy, which is that the federal law remains in effect and a state can legalize marijuana for its law enforcement purposes but it still remains illegal with regard to federal purposes,” Sessions said.

The policy Sessions refers to is the so-called “Cole Memo,” which states that the Department of Justice will not interfere with states that legalize marijuana.

That wasn’t the only somewhat surprising thing Sessions said to the committee. He also admitted that the Department of Justice is currently prevented from using its resources to interfere with states that legalize marijuana. And he also agreed with a congressman who said that marijuana isn’t as dangerous as heroin.

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