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There’s little to stop the attorney general nominee from ignoring the will of millions of pro-pot voters.
On Decision Day, eight states voted to in favor of recreational or medical cannabis, bringing the new total of states with pro-marijuana laws on books to 29. In Florida, medical cannabis had 2 million more votes than Donald Trump!
There was another champ on November 8, be that as it may, and he has hurled a genuine test to the apparently unyielding walk of lawful pot. By selecting Representative Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III for Attorney General, President-elect Donald J. Trump is going to put a man with a long and hostile mentality toward cannabis, in a position where he can directly effect cannabis laws. As a U.S. Attorney in Alabama in the 1980s, Sessions said he thought the KKK “were OK until I found out they smoked pot.” In April, he said, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” and that it was a “very real danger“ that is “not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized.” Sessions, who turns 70 on Christmas Eve, has called marijuana reform a “tragic mistake“ and criticized FBI Director James Comey and Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch for not vigorously enforcing the federal prohibition that President Obama has called “untenable over the long term.” In a floor speech earlier this year, Senator Sessions said: “You can’t have the President of the United States of America talking about marijuana like it is no different than taking a drink… It is different….It is already causing a disturbance in the states that have made it legal.”
Sessions has not shared his plans for the plant, but in the event that he is picked for Attorney General, he will have the capacity to act definitively and rapidly. With little more than the stroke of his own pen, the new Attorney General will have the capacity to capture producers, retailers and clients, challenging the will of the greater part the country’s voters.
Thus far, Congress has demonstrated no enthusiasm for attempting to stop the Sessions nomination. Indeed, even individuals who are agreeable to shielding states from government impedance on the weed issue have said they bolster Sessions’ affirmation as lawyer general: “I strongly support Jeff Sessions as Attorney General,” said Representative Tom McClintock, Republican from California. “He is a strict constitutionalist who believes in the rule of law. I would expect that he will respect the prerogative of individual states to determine their own laws involving strictly intra-state commerce.”