Family who fled Milwaukee for Colorado so child could receive cannabis oil reacts to Jeff Sessions' crackdown on marijuana
A woman who says she was forced to leave Milwaukee and move to Colorado to save her daughter's life says she and other families in her situation are in a panic over Thursday's directive by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The order rolls back Obama era directives that protected states that have legalized marijuana from federal intervention.
"Does she look like a criminal to you?" Vicki Pletka asks while skyping with her daughter Lily who will turn 7 next month. "This is my thing with it, Cannabis is helping her. This little girl right here. It changes her life."
Three years ago, the family moved from Wisconsin to Colorado Springs to get the CBD oil that Lily needed.
She's thriving and speaking for the first time.
Now there is growing anxiety that federal prosecutors will come in and destroy everything the family gave up their life in Wisconsin for.
Vicki tells CBS 58's Michele McCormack that other families in her same situation feel the same way.
"Do we stockpile this? We're all trying to figure out how do we do this. How do we save our kids? There are so many kids and adults like Lily who came to Colorado dying and this is their only hope."
She's received support and assurances from government officials in Colorado, but Vicki's calls to the White House have gone to voice mail.
She says since President Trump has shown he's not afraid to fire his staff, she thinks he should fire Sessions.
"I think he should fire him. Especially since Trump has said many times it should be left up to the states. Now he's completely changed. Everything he promised he would not do, he's now doing."
Sessions says it is about enforcing federal law and his memo directs federal prosecutors to enforce it.
"It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States," Sessions writes. "The previous issuance of guidance undermines the rule of law and the ability of our local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement partners to carry out this mission," Sessions said. "Therefore, today's memo on federal marijuana enforcement simply directs all U.S. attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country."