Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is Mr. Trump’s pick for attorney general. Sessions was highly involved in Trump’s campaign, acting as a prominent advisor on many major decisions and policy proposals for Trump. So for those who’ve been following, it’s no surprise that Trump selected Sessions as his attorney general pick, as he was also in the running as Trump’s Vice President as well.
But what does his potential appointment mean for federal and local marijuana laws? Here’s what we know.
According to Politico, Sessions in the past has said he thought the KKK “were OK until I found out they smoked pot.” As if that’s not a moral head scratcher in and of itself, he’s also been quoted to say “Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” and that it’s “not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized.” He continues, calling the drug reform a “tragic mistake”.
In a speech earlier last year, 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.”
And even more recently, during a Senate confirmation hearing, Sessions stated that he “won’t commit to never enforcing federal law” when it comes to marijuana. This statement is confusing, foreboding, and ambiguous.
In the case he does get appointed to attorney general, with Sessions very clear anti-marijuana stance, things aren’t looking good for legal marijuana users. But let’s look at this logically, voters in 28 states have approved legalizing medical marijuana. The resources required to come into all legalized states and reverse the current marijuana marketplace would be astronomical in costs. Economically, it just doesn’t make sense.
While reversing federal and state marijuana laws would be costly, laborious, and in direct opposition to what voters want, we are talking about a Trump presidency after all.
Mr. Trump has not even been in office for a month and many, many proposals and actions are often unexplained and dangerously toe the line of being unconstitutional. So we can gather all the facts and talking points made by Trump and Sessions, but in the long run, who knows. Trump is a wild card and logic – as many know it – is not in play. His actions seem impulsive and his picks are ultra-conservative.
When it comes to the strong likelihood of Sessions appointment as attorney general, the future is unknown. If we were a magic eight ball, our official answer would be “Reply hazy, try again later”. The best we can all do is stay on top of news updates, attend local townhalls, and call our representatives to express our points of view.