Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he may enforce laws against recreational marijuana on a federal level on Tuesday.
Sessions painted a grim vision of violence in America on Tuesday, and implied that marijuana may be a gateway to illegal drugs and crime.
In his first major policy speech as attorney general, Sessions said he believes drugs are driving much of the crime.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said: 'I'm not sure we're going to be a better, healthier nation if we have marijuana sold at every corner grocery store'
He also said: 'States, they can pass the laws they choose. I would just say, it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not,' according to Yahoo.
He expressed his opposition to legalized marijuana, saying 'I'm not sure we're going to be a better, healthier nation if we have marijuana sold at every corner grocery store.'
On the campaign trail, President Trump said marijuana legalization should be left to the states. Recreational marijuana is legal in eight states and Washington, D.C.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the National Association of Attorneys General annual winter meeting
Marijuana is legal for recreational use in eight states and Washington, D.C.
However, on February 23 White House press secretary Sean Spicer said 'I do believe that you'll see greater enforcement' in reference to legal recreational use according to the Los Angeles Times.
While prior attorneys general have used their appearances before their state counterparts to make policy pronouncements, he offered no details about how he intends to enforce federal anti-pot laws.
Some in the audience said they're awaiting more specifics.
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, whose office has been prosecuting marijuana drug traffickers, said she would like Sessions to witness that state's flourishing recreational pot industry before imposing a crackdown.
'I'd like to be able to share what we have learned and where we have put in place a good framework for marijuana regulations,' she said.
'Now for the federal government to say we're doing things wrong, or we're going to come in and take this regulation away from you without having