US prosecutors in Ohio not changing approach to marijuana

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CLEVELAND (AP) – Top federal prosecutors in Ohio say their approach to marijuana cases won’t change after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled a tougher approach to federal pot enforcement.

The U.S. attorney for northern Ohio, Justin Herdman, tells Cleveland.com that marijuana cases prosecuted through that office tend to be bundled with charges for other drugs or crimes. Herdman and his counterpart in southern Ohio, Benjamin Glassman, say they’ll continue to prosecute marijuana cases.

They note that the drug remains illegal under federal law and that federal law hasn’t changed because of Sessions’ guidance.

Sessions lifted an Obama-era policy that kept federal authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal.

Ohio is launching a medical marijuana program but hasn’t legalized the drug for recreational use.

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