DENVER (AP) — Weed is winning in the polls, with a solid majority of Americans saying marijuana should be legal.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean the federal government will let dozens of state pot experiments play out.
And President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the next attorney general has raised fears that the new administration could crack down on weed-tolerant states.
The Controlled Substances Act bans pot even for medical purposes, and the government still has many means to slow or stop the marijuana train.
Among other things it could sue states, support law-enforcement raids or use regulation to slow commercial pot.