Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions For Attorney General, Puts Legalized Marijuana At Risk
Possible new Attorney General thinks marijuana isn’t for “good people”- Sen. Sessions, whom Trump has stated he plans to appoint as attorney general, has strong opposition to marijuana.
“We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it’s, in fact, a very real danger,” he said in April during a Senate hearing, according to The Washington Post. “This drug is dangerous, you cannot play with it, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about…good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
According to The New York Times, a lawyer who had worked with Sessions testified to Congress in 1986 that he’d said he considered the Ku Klux Klan “okay until I found out they smoked pot.” Sen. Sessions has stated he was “Joking”.
Mike Pence our Vice President elect is also opposed to legalization of marijuana for both recreation and medical purposes, according to International Business Times.
On the state level, the 2016 election was a victory for those in favor of legalization. Four states voted to legalize recreational marijuana and three more voted to legalize medical marijuana.