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Vermont defies attorney general Jeff Sessions as it becomes ninth state to legalise pot 

Vermont defies attorney general Jeff Sessions as it becomes ninth state to legalise pot Vermont has become the ninth state to legalise recreational use of pot, defying attempts by the US attorney-general Jeff Sessions to crack down on cannabis. Unlike other states where legalisation followed a state-wide referendum, the initiative was taken by Vermont's elected politicians. Phil Scott, the Republican governor, has said he will sign the bill which was passed by Vermont's senate on Wednesday. New Jersey is expected to follow suit later this year and cannabis campaigners are stepping up pressure for legalisation in Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Similar legislation was passed in neighbouring New Hampshire, but it is expected to be vetoed by the governor, Chris Sununu, also a Republican. US state rules on use of cannabis Under the Vermont legislation, which comes into force on July 1, anyone over the age of 21 will be allowed to possess up to one ounce of cannabis. Even though Vermont is a small state, the timing of the move is a rebuff for Mr Sessions and the Trump administration. Mr Sessions is trying to reverse the hands-off policy adopted by the Obama administration towards the drug in states where pot had been legalised. Even in states where recreational use and sale of pot is legal, cannabis businesses are hampered by federal laws outlawing the drug. Jeff Sessions Credit: Susan Walsh/AP The federal prohibition effectively denies them the use of banking facilities, meaning that transactions have to be carried out in cash. "The progress in Vermont is ground-breaking. Should the Green Mountain State's leadership move forward as promised, it will mark a huge turning point in the national movement to end the criminalisation of marijuana," said Justin Strekal, politcal director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. "The political courage of Vermont's lawmakers to break with nearly a century of legislative stagnation should be interpreted as a siren call in the halls of the state legislatures nationwide as well as the US Capitol."



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Multiple White House officials Pressed Sessions not to Recuse self from Russia Probe

Multiple White House officials Pressed Sessions not to Recuse self from Russia ProbeA senior White House. official told NBC News that presidential aids all tried to convince sessions not to remove himself from running the Russia probe. The New York Times reports that that the instructions came from the President himself.



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Third Republican calls for Sessions to resign

Third Republican calls for Sessions to resignRachel Maddow reports that Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah is now the third Republican member of Congress calling for the resignation of Jeff Sessions, news that comes as Sessions was left out of a significant Trump meeting at Camp David.



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Freedom Caucus Leaders Suggest Jeff Sessions Should Go

Freedom Caucus Leaders Suggest Jeff Sessions Should GoWASHINGTON ― One of President Donald Trump’s greatest frustrations during his first year in office has been his hand-picked attorney general recusing himself from a Justice Department investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with the Russian government.



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Sessions crackdown on pot could make life harder for Republicans in November

Sessions crackdown on pot could make life harder for Republicans in NovemberA crackdown is unlikely to be popular with the solid majority — 64 percent — of Americans who support pot legalization. 



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Jeff Sessions To Begin Long Anticipated Crackdown On State-Legal Marijuana

Jeff Sessions To Begin Long Anticipated Crackdown On State-Legal MarijuanaWASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a vocal and longtime opponent of marijuana, has decided to allow the nation’s top federal prosecutors to decide how to handle marijuana cases in states where the drug has been legalized.



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Sessions wants review of Obama-era Hezbollah investigations

Sessions wants review of Obama-era Hezbollah investigationsWASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday ordered a review of the Obama administration's handling of a Drug Enforcement Administration program targeting drug trafficking by Iranian-backed Hezbollah.



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Jeff Sessions Reportedly Revives Probe Of Uranium One Deal

Jeff Sessions Reportedly Revives Probe Of Uranium One DealThe Justice Department is reviving an inquiry into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the government’s controversial approval of the Uranium One deal, NBC News reported on Thursday.



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Jeff Sessions refused to say whether Trump asked him to hinder Russia investigation, says member of House Intelligence Committee

Jeff Sessions refused to say whether Trump asked him to hinder Russia investigation, says member of House Intelligence CommitteeAttorney General Jeff Sessions has refused to say whether Donald Trump asked him to hinder the Russian investigation, a member of the House Intelligence Committee has claimed. Representative Adam Schiff updated reporters after a closed-door meeting between Mr Sessions and the Intelligence Committee, of which Mr Schiff is a ranking member. “I asked the attorney general whether he was ever instructed by the president to take any action that he believed would hinder the Russia investigation, and he declined to answer the question,” Mr Schiff told reporters after the meeting.



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'Is Ambassador Kislyak in the Room?' Jeff Sessions Jokes About Russia Ties During Conference

'Is Ambassador Kislyak in the Room?' Jeff Sessions Jokes About Russia Ties During ConferenceThe attorney general's relationship with Russia is under scrutiny



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