Last Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended a policy applied by the Obama administration, which asserted that the federal government would not interfere with legalized-marijuana state laws. This policy, purposed by the Obama administration, completely acted in contradiction to the duties of the executive branch. The executive branch is obligated to enforce federal law, whether they like it or not. They are not given the liberty to enforce only the laws that they have policy disagreements with, when it is properly enacted legislatively. President Obama attempted this strategy on numerous issues ranging from immigration laws to legal pot. This behavior entirely abandoned the duties of the executive branch.
The Controlled Substances Act was a bipartisan bill, supported by both Republicans and Democrats, and passed both Democratic-controlled chambers of Congress and signed into law by Republican President Richard Nixon in 1971. At this time in American history, regardless of political affiliation, sound-minded people recognized mind-altering drugs as being “bad.” This bipartisan legislation established the federal prohibition of marijuana.
Regardless of inferior state policy, all marijuana usage is illegal under federal law.