US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era policy which kept federal intervention minimal in states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana.

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions sparked fury on Thursday after rescinding an Obama-era policy that keeps the federal government out of the way of states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

The Obama administration instated a policy that decreased federal intervention in states that legalized the drug if they agreed to keep it out of the hands of minors and help battle trafficking.

The current move by Sessions essentially allows federal prosecutors to arrest small-time marijuana users.

“In deciding which marijuana activities to prosecute under these laws … prosecutors should follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutions,” Sessions wrote in a memo. “These principles require federal prosecutors deciding which cases to prosecute to weigh all relevant considerations of the crime, the deterrent effect of criminal prosecution, and the cumulative impact of particular crimes on the community.”