Gov. Walker asks US Attorney General for hands-off approach to marijuana industry

Alaska Governor Bill Walker and Washington Governor Jay Inslee have sent letters to US Attorney Jeff Sessions, in an effort to protect the marijuana industry in both states.

The two governors expressed concerns over Sessions' promise to reconsider marijuana policy in the United States.

Walker asked the Department of Justice to maintain a more hands-off enforcement approach to states that have legalized the drug.

Walker said he shared Sessions' concerns about the dangers of drug abuse in America, but noted that Alaska's first cannabis shops didn't open until late in 2016.

At the federal level, marijuana is still regulated as a Schedule 1 drug, alongside heroin, methamphetamine and LSD.