Jan 12, 2018 4:33 PM
U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin continues to toe a fine line in the aftermath of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s announcement that allows prosecutors to enforce federal laws in states where marijuana has been legalized.
Last week, Mr. Sessions rescinded the “Cole Memo,” penned by former U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole in 2013, that established a hands-off policy with states, such as California and Colorado, that had legalized the drug. The memo recognized that marijuana was still illegal on the federal level by the Controlled Substances Act, but gave prosecutors license to focus their resources on more serious drug crimes.
Declining multiple requests for an interview, Mr. Zeldin instead issued a short statement through his communications director, Katie Vincentz, on Thursday, January 11. The statement suggests that Mr. Zeldin, like Mr. Sessions, is in favor of federal prosecution—regardless of where individual states fall on the issue.
“I do not support legalizing marijuana for recreational use and believe that the federal law should be enforced,” Ms. Vincentz reported that Mr. Zeldin said.
The congressman’s statement also suggested