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Trump Anxiety Cancels Florida Expo. Is it a Blip or a Harbinger?

The uncertainty of today’s political climate is creating a friendly disagreement among cannabis entrepreneurs. There seem to be two camps emerging: those who prefer to exercise caution and wait to see how the Trump administration acts, and those who are calling for an immediate full court press.

The dynamics played out recently in Nevada and Florida, two newly legalized states.

“We had a lot of interest, but there were concerns.”

AJ Obando, conference organizer

On November 8, Floridians approved a statewide constitutional amendment with 71.3 percent of the vote – that’s 6.5 million votes. Neither President-elect Trump nor Florida State Senator Marco Rubio received that many votes, according to Florida for Care’s analysis.

The message from Floridians was clear: They like medical marijuana more than their own politicians. The approval of Amendment 2 has entrepreneurs from every corner of America flocking to Florida.

To capitalize on that interest, the Colorado-based cannabis consulting firm Strainwise planned to host an “ask the experts” cannabis conference in Florida this month.

But they found that excitement about Florida was tempered by the “overwhelming sense of uncertainty in America,” which is a tactful way of saying anxiety about the Trump administration’s cannabis policy. In the end, Strainwise had to cancel the event. Too many would-be ticket buyers were in the “wait and see” camp.

Meanwhile, the previous month in Nevada, the annual MJ Biz Conference attracted a sold-out crowd of 10,000 cannabis entrepreneurs, investors, and wanna-be industry members. Of course, MJ Biz happened just before Trump named Jeff Sessions as his choice for attorney general.

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In their cancellation notice for the Florida conference, Strainwise officials wrote:

“Our government affairs officials are currently working to ascertain the direction of the incoming administration and once we have a clearer understanding, we will be further exploring future conference events in Florida and around the United States.”

In a phone interview, Strainwise Marketing and Branding Director AJ Obando told Leafly that the event “had a lot of interest, but there were concerns.”

“It was our main focus for months,” Obando lamented; “we are sad to see it go this way.” Ultimately Strainwise offered a webinar titled “The Future of the Cannabis Industry,” held on  Streaming online, Strainwise Vice President of Business Development Sean Eubanks urged listeners to relax and take a less aggressive approach.

“It’s a time to be quiet and work on our businesses,”  Eubanks said during the webinar. There was also talk of ‘unfounded media hysteria’ on the Trump administration’s policies on legalization.

Are other states as skittish?

It’s a mixed bag. Leslie Bocskor, founder and president of Electrum Partners, is a Nevada-based expert cannabis consultant and investor.

“Those who wait and see will be left behind.”

Leslie Bocskor, Electrum Partners

Bocskor thinks the time to act is now.

“Those who wait and see will be left behind,” Bocskor told Leafly. He sees today’s uncertainty as a call to action. “This is the time to push forward with even more strength, commitment and diligence.”

Kris Krane, president of 4Front Ventures, a leader in cannabis application consulting, agrees that it’s good to worry – but he thinks the “wait and see” approach is dangerous.

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“We need proactive outreach,” Krane told Leafly. “The ‘wait and see’ is wrong – the cannabis industry needs well thought out messaging. We need to extend an olive branch.”

He sees a need for cannabis allies to be in Trump’s ear right now.

Everyone who’s jumped into the cannabis space in the last four years—since Colorado and Washington state legalized–only know the relatively good times under President Obama.

Leaders of groups like the Drug Policy Alliance, who have much longer memories, are pointing out that Trump’s appointees are longtime drug warriors. But that’s not alarmist, said Krane. It’s realistic. Trump will likely have cabinet members advocating for a crackdown. “If we aren’t pushing for our businesses, we do so at our own peril,” Krane said.

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If confirmed, Attorney General nominee Jeff Session, Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price, and Homeland Security candidate John Kelly are all openly hostile to cannabis legalization.

Pushing against that viewpoint are Republicans like California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. He’s Trump’s ear and he’s on legalization’s side, said Krane. There’s also PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel. Thiel is a hedge fund manager, venture capitalist, and philanthropist who has invested millions in cannabis companies such as Privateer Holdings (Leafly’s parent company) through his Founders Fund.

Those pro-legalization guys are also members of Trump’s inner circle.

“We have a window of opportunity to pressure the administration to respect states’ rights.”

Kris Krane, 4Front Ventures

“I’m worried about folks saying everything will be just fine, not to worry – that’s more worrisome because it breeds complacency,” added Krane. “We have a window of opportunity before the inauguration and Sessions’ confirmation, to use our tools to pressure the administration to respect states’ rights.”

The Strainwise “Future of Cannabis” webinar advised cannabis entrepreneurs to take a reasonable, calm approach, and focus on working with advocacy and state governments to build a framework that will be difficult for the federal government to reverse.

Their self-described “less aggressive approach” is one way to navigate the current environment. Kris Krane said that it’s beneficial to build an industry with best business practices.

Krane isn’t overly alarmed at the cancelled conference in Florida. But he said it’s time for pro-legalization friends of Trump to speak up. “There have been many cannabis conferences over the past four years, he said. “MJBiz just had ten thousand people at their Las Vegas conference right after the election.”

“I’m not in favor of over alarmist rhetoric, he said. “If the Trump administration sees us as adversarial they will be more likely to crack down on us.”

The other side, the ‘go get ‘em’ camp, sees it differently.

“Get in or go home,” said Bocskor.

“We now will discover who the advocates and entrepreneurs are that have the knowledge, experience, and vision to both understand where we are and, more importantly, shape where we are going,” Bocskor added.


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NORML Releases Open Letter to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence on Marijuana Policy

NORML Releases Open Letter to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence on Marijuana Policy | NORML

National NORML, Michigan NORML and dozens of other state and local chapters have released an open letter to Vice President-Elect Pence seeking clarity and common sense from the incoming administration regarding marijuana policy. During the campaign, President-Elect Trump, on multiple occasions, has voiced support for allowing states to move forward with medical and recreational marijuana […]

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Hearing Set for Jeff Sessions Attorney General Nomination

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama speaking to supporters at an immigration policy speech hosted by Donald Trump at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (WikiMedia Commons/Gage Skidmore)

It’s official, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has set January 10-11, 2017 for the confirmation hearing of noted marijuana law reform opponent Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to become the next Attorney General.

Already it appears that Sen. Grassley will try to keep the hearings as short as possible and restrict the number of witnesses who testify. From the Judiciary Committee press release:

“The hearings for the four most recent Attorneys General lasted one to two days each. At each of those hearings, three to nine outside witnesses testified.”

It’s clear the hope is to rush the process as much as possible in order to obtain a successful confirmation given Sessions’ failed history of earning the approval of the Judiciary Committee for a previous judicial appointment in the 1980’s.

In 1986, Sessions was appointed by the Reagan Administration to serve as a federal judge, yet his confirmation was voted down 8-10 in the Republican controlled committee, with two Republicans joining the Democrats in opposition over claims of racial prejudice, including off handed remarks about supporting the Ku Klux Klan until he discovered that they smoke marijuana. At the time, Sessions was just the second judicial federal appointee denied confirmation in 50 years.

The implications for marijuana policies at the state level could be dire. As recently as April of this year, during a Senate hearing, Sessions proclaimed that “good people do not use marijuana.” How a potential Attorney General Sessions would treat the 29 states that have legalized medicinal or recreational marijuana is still unclear and could prove devastating to the decades of hard-fought progress that we have made on behalf of responsible marijuana users.

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Trump Adds Another Marijuana Opponent to Cabinet

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) has been picked by President-elect Donald Trump as Health and Human Services secretary. (photo/Gage Skidmore)

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) has been picked by President-elect Donald Trump as Health and Human Services secretary. (photo/Gage Skidmore)

President-elect Donald Trump has picked another marijuana opponent to join his cabinet, tabbing Georgia Rep. Tom Price to serve as  Health and Human Services secretary.

This could be bad news for state-sanctioned medical marijuana programs in the 28 states that allow it.  While the Department of Justice — which, if he is confirmed by the Senate, would be overseen by fellow anti-pot Republican Jeff Sessions — oversees federal drug laws, the Health and Human Services secretary holds some powers that could have negative consequences for states that allow medical marijuana.

Because marijuana is still considered a Schedule I drug by the federal government, as HHS Secretary Price could penalize doctors who recommend medical marijuana, including freezing or limiting Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to doctors because of their participation in state-sanctioned medical marijuana programs.  Price could also sue dispensaries and other businesses who promote marijuana as medicine because cannabis has not been designated as medicine by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

As a Member of Congress, Price’s voting record includes a track record of anti-marijuana votes, earning him a grade of a D from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) in their annual Congressional Scorecard.

Price’s voting record in Congress includes:

  • Going against a measure that would prevent the Justice Department from interfering with state recreational marijuana laws.
  • Voting six times against amendments preventing the Justice Department from interfering with state medical marijuana laws.
  • Voting three times against a measure that would allow Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans who might benefit from it.

While on the campaign trail, Trump suggested that he would respect state marijuana laws.  “In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state,” Trump said in October 2015.

However, nominating staunch opponents of marijuana to two leading cabinet positions could indicate a change of tune by the Trump Administration.

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DC Advocates Take Their Case to Jeff Sessions—and He Listens. Sort of.

DCMJ, the Washington, DC, advocacy group that led the effort to legalize cannabis in the District, is at it again.

Adam Eidinger, leader of DCMJ, took a group of 17 volunteers to the Capitol Hill office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Trump’s nominee for attorney general. There the group met with two Sessions staffers, including communications director Chris Jackson.

Leafly caught up with Adam Eidinger earlier this morning to get his take on the meeting.

“They were aware that we were coming,” Eidinger said, “but they thought we were coming to smoke marijuana in their office. I’m sure they thought they would look perfectly reasonable, but because we didn’t smoke, that somehow made it less newsworthy.”

“As the staff members said themselves, they do not make decisions for Sen. Sessions and I don’t know if marijuana activism will soften his stance.”

Steven Nelson, US News & World Report

The group showed up in red T-shirts that bore various slogans based on Sessions’ most famous anti-cannabis quote, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” The shirts, emblazoned with bold white letters on a bright red background (in the “Make America Great Again” style), were printed with the words “Great Americans Use Cannabis,” and “Great Americans do not belong in jail for a plant.” Some were more specifically geared towards the groups they represented: “Great Americans know the value of medical cannabis,” and “Great Americans, like veterans, use cannabis.”

“The staff was polite, but they were adamant that no media be allowed in the room,” Eidinger said.

One journalist, Steven Nelson, with US News & World Report, quietly followed the group into the meeting. He remained in the room until the staffers realized who he was and asked him to leave.

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Nelson told Leafly he was generally optimistic about the meeting. “It’s hard to say a negative thing about the two Sessions staff members,” he said. “They were respectful, welcoming, and sought to show DCMJ members that they cared about their personal stories and political perspectives.”

As with any political meeting, however, that optimism is tempered by a dose of reality. “As the staff members said themselves, they do not make decisions for Sen. Sessions and I don’t know if marijuana activism will soften his stance,” Nelson said. “Sessions’ comments show consistency and a strong anti-legalization zeal, which is why some groups like DPA [the Drug Policy Alliance] outright oppose his nomination.”

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The day after the event, Eidinger expressed disappointment with national marijuana advocacy groups that have expressed dismay with the appointment of Sessions but haven’t yet taken direct action.

“We need to speak up,” Eidinger said. “We are all terrified, and we need to go on the offensive, in fight or flee mode. I just visited Las Vegas for the MJ Biz conference, and it was all businesses and no activists.” He urged those in the industry to speak out, but said he didn’t expect a lot of response.

“They’re just interested in making money, no one is putting their necks out there. These businesses are all disconnected and not taking action. This is not a time to be sitting on the sidelines. One year from now this could all come crashing down.”

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Eidinger said DCMJ has further actions in store in the coming weeks and months.

“We haven’t announced it yet, but we’re planning to lawfully distribute 1,000 joints on Inauguration Day. It will all be legal; no person will have more than two ounces of joints to distribute, and we’ll have a list where volunteers can sign up. And we’ll only pass them out to those who are over 21.”

“This might be the last chance we have,” he said. “But we’re gearing up and we’re mobilized and we’re not backing down.”


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Marijuana Opponent Jeff Sessions Nominated for Attorney General

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama speaking to supporters at an immigration policy speech hosted by Donald Trump at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (WikiMedia Commons/Gage Skidmore)

WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, President-elect Donald Trump announced that longtime marijuana prohibitionist Jeff Sessions would be his pick for Attorney General, sending shock waves of fear and uncertainty through a cannabis community already dreading a possible Rudolph Giuliani or Chris Christie nominee.

The nomination could indicate a possible reversal of Trump’s early campaign pledges to respect state marijuana laws, as Sessions could use his power as Attorney General to close down state-legal marijuana and medical marijuana programs in states that have allowed them.

“In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state.”

Donald J. Trump, October 29, 2015

“During the campaign the president-elect clearly pledged to respect state marijuana laws, and he should keep his word — both because it’s the right thing to do and because a reversal would be a huge political misstep,” said Tom Angell of marijanamajority.com.

“Jeff Sessions is a drug war dinosaur, which is the last thing the nation needs now,” said Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). “Those who counted on Donald Trump’s reassurance that marijuana reforms ‘should be a state issue’ will be sorely disappointed. And not just Democrats but the many Republicans as well who favor rolling back the war on drugs had better resist this nomination.”

Sessions, a Republican Senator from Alabama, has long been a vocal opponent of marijuana legalization, and his appointment to the top law enforcement position in the country could deal a major blow to state-level marijuana reform efforts across the country, especially in the eight states that have outright legalized the adult use of cannabis.

Sessions, who once reportedly joked that he thought the Ku Klux Klan “was okay until I found out they smoked pot,” has a track record of opposition to marijuana reform.  In April 2016, Sessions spoke out against marijuana legalization at a Senate hearing being held to determine if the Department of Justice — which Sessions would oversee as the Attorney General — was “adequately protecting the public from the impact of state recreational marijuana legalization.”

During the hearings, Sessions argued that the Obama Administration had been too relaxed in allowing states to legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use, leading to an an increase of states legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use.

“I think one of [Obama’s] great failures, it’s obvious to me, is his lax treatment in comments on marijuana,” Sessions said at the hearing. “It reverses 20 years almost of hostility to drugs that began really when Nancy Reagan started ‘Just Say No.’ ”

“It was the prevention movement that really was so positive, and it led to this decline,” Sessions said about the Reagan-era “Just Say No” program. “The creating of knowledge that this drug is dangerous, it cannot be played with, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about, and trying to send that message with clarity, that good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

Sessions added that “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.”

Sessions has also criticized the Obama Administration’s attempts to reduce the country’s prison population by encouraging U.S. Attorneys to use mandatory minimums only for high-level drug traffickers. It is likely that Sessions as Attorney General would push for harsher sentences and increase the prison population, says the Drug Policy Alliance.

“Donald Trump’s decision heralds a return to the worst days of the drug war,” said Bill Piper, Senior Director of Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs. “Trump promised to ‘drain the swamp’ but he’s gone to the very bottom of the drug war barrel for this pick.”

If the Republican-controlled Senate confirms Sessions appointment as the 84th Attorney General of the United States, his oversight would include the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

“Senator Sessions is clearly off the reservation on this one and stands diametrically opposed to overwhelming public opinion which stands in favor of the legalization and regulation of marijuana,” Erik Altieri, Executive Director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), wrote in a blog post Friday.  “This could foreshadow some very bad things for the 8 states that have legalized marijuana for adult use and the nearly half of the country with medical marijuana programs.”

“With the authority the position of Attorney General provides,” Altieri explains, “Sessions could immediately get to work attempting to block the implementation of the recent ballot initiatives, dismantling a legal industry in Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska, and begin conducting massive raids on existing medical and recreational retail stores.”

A federal crackdown on state-authorized marijuana sales, either medical or recreational, wouldn’t be very popular among Americans, however, according to recent polling, which continues to show a national majority in favor of legalizing marijuana, which is supported by 54%-60% of adults, depending upon the poll.

Further, in April 2016, a CBS News Poll found that 59% of Americans — including 70% of Repbulicans — feel that marijuana laws should be set by the states, not the federal government.

“While the choice certainly isn’t good news for marijuana reform, I’m still hopeful the new administration will realize that any crackdown against broadly popular laws in a growing number of states would create huge political problems they don’t need and will use lots of political capital they’d be better off spending on issues the new president cares a lot more about.”

Fortunately for the cannabis community, Sessions will need to be confirmed by a majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee – on which he currently sits – as well as on the Senate floor before he can become the next Attorney General, three decades after similar Senatorial confirmation hearings didn’t work out in his favor.

In 1986 Sessions served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama and was nominated to be a federal judge by President Ronald Reagan – an even less prominent position than Attorney General – and he was rejected by a Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee for his racist views.

He was only the second person in 50 years to be rejected, with the late Senator Ted Kennedy commenting that it was “inconceivable … that a person of this attitude is qualified to be a U.S. attorney, let alone a United States federal judge.”

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5 Things Trump’s AG Pick Has Said About Cannabis

Ten days after Donald Trump became president-elect, America got one of the first indications of how a Trump administration might actually deal with cannabis. Trump’s nomination of US Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for US attorney general bode well for cannabis programs in legal states. Despite Trump’s reassurances he would respect state laws, past statements by Sessions make clear that the Alabama Republican is no friend of cannabis.

What exactly has Sessions said about cannabis in the past? Here are some of his many statements from his years in public office:

  1. After being nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 to fill a federal judgeship, Sessions said he was fine with the Ku Klux Klan “until I found out they smoked pot.” He later claimed the comment was a joke.
  2. During Senate hearing in April on the federal response to state cannabis laws, Sessions said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
  3. “We need grownups in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it is in fact a very real danger,” Sessions said at the April hearing. He went on to imply that even mere discussion of ending prohibition could cause a gateway, saying, “You’ll see cocaine and heroin increase more than it would have, I think, had we not talked about it.”

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(Five months later, current Attorney General Loretta Lynch threw cold water on the gateway-drug theory, saying that most people addicted to dangerous substances “started out with a prescription drug problem” and adding, “It’s not as though we are seeing that marijuana is a specific gateway.”)

  1. Sessions been very critical of how the Obama administration has handled state cannabis legalization, stating that “his lax treatment and comments on marijuana, it’s been obvious, it reverses 20 years almost of hostility to drugs, begun really, when Nancy Reagan started the ‘Just Say No’ program.”
  2. Sessions even brought Lady Gaga into the fray, bringing up Gaga’s past addiction problems during a hearing with former Attorney General Eric Holder. “Lady Gaga said she is addicted to it and it is not harmless,” Sessions said. “I hope that you will talk with the president, you’re close with him, and begin to push back, or pull back, on this position that I think is going to be averse to the health of America.”

Despite Sessions’ harsh statements on cannabis, it’s not yet clear how Trump plans to approach state-legal cannabis markets. The appointment of Sessions is widely believed to reflect Trump’s on immigration rather than cannabis.

Trump in the past has said he believes there are benefits from medical marijuana. He’s also said he favors the rights of states to determine whether and how to legalize and regulate adult-use cannabis. But his track record of going back on past statements has left advocates guessing.

If Sessions’ past statements concern you, contact your elected officials and encourage them to defend state programs. Voters legalized cannabis last Tuesday in eight of nine states where the issue was on the ballot. Our job doesn’t stop there.


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BREAKING: Jeff Sessions Named as Trump’s Attorney General Pick

Ending days of heated speculation, President-elect Donald Trump named Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as his nominee for U.S. Attorney General earlier today, sparking worries among legalization advocates and cannabis industry leaders.

As the nation’s top law enforcement official, the attorney general has a great deal of power over the handling of federal cannabis laws. Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, who have held the position during the Obama administration, crafted and then upheld the Cole Memo. That document established a policy to states like Colorado, Washington, and Oregon to carry out regulated adult-use legalization, as long as they stayed within certain parameters. The Cole Memo is just that, though—a memo establishing policy. It is not a law, and it could be reversed by the next attorney general as early as January.

Sessions, who served as a U.S. attorney during the Reagan administration, was a big fan of Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign, and has lamented the spread of legalization to states around the nation. “I can’t tell you how concerning it is for me, emotionally and personally, to see the possibility that we will reverse the progress that we’ve made,” he said at a Senate hearing earlier this year.

At that same April 5 hearing, Sessions stated that “good people don’t smoke marijuana”:

“It was the prevention movement that really was so positive, and it led to this decline. The creating of knowledge that this drug is dangerous, it cannot be played with, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about, and trying to send that message with clarity, that good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

Reason columnist Jacob Sullum pointed out the full faith Sessions retains in 1980s-style anti-drug campaigns: “This is not the first time that Sessions, who served as a U.S. attorney during the Reagan administration, has pined for the days of Just Say No,” Sullum wrote. “But crediting Nancy Reagan for a decline in drug use that began before she latched onto her pet cause is scientifically problematic, and so are the messages Sessions wants the youth of America to hear—especially the idea that “good people don’t smoke marijuana,” which condemns at least two-fifths of the population (and probably more like half, allowing for underreporting by survey respondents).

In early 2014, President Obama told a writer for The New Yorker that “I smoked pot as a kid,” and as an adult “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

That elicited these comments from Sen. Sessions, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing:

“I have to tell you, I’m heartbroken to see what the president said just a few days ago. It’s stunning to me. I find it beyond comprehension….This is just difficult for me to conceive how the president of the United States could make such a statement as that….Did the president conduct any medical or scientific survey before he waltzed into The New Yorker and opined contrary to the positions of attorneys general and presidents universally prior to that?”

Sessions followed with this observation: “Lady Gaga says she’s addicted to it and it is not harmless.”

Early reaction from cannabis leaders was not positive.

“Jeff Sessions is a drug war dinosaur, which is the last thing the nation needs now,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Those who counted on Donald Trump’s reassurance that marijuana reforms ‘should be a state issue’ will be sorely disappointed. And not just Democrats but the many Republicans as well who favor rolling back the war on drugs had better resist this nomination.” 

Sessions will have to be confirmed by a majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the full Senate, after Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. The Alabama senator currently sits as a member of the Judiciary Committee.


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Trump Selects Staunch Supporter of Failed Drug War to be Attorney General

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WASHINGTON, DC — Several outlets reported Friday morning that Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has been selected by Donald Trump to be the next Attorney General.

“Jeff Sessions is a drug war dinosaur, which is the last thing the nation needs now,” said Ethan Nadelmann. “Those who counted on Donald Trump’s reassurance that marijuana reforms ‘should be a state issue’ will be sorely disappointed. And not just Democrats but the many Republicans as well who favor rolling back the war on drugs had better resist this nomination.”

Sessions, who once said that the Ku Klux Klan was, “OK, until he learned that they smoked marijuana,” has a track record of opposition to marijuana reform. Earlier this year, Sessions spoke out against marijuana legalization in a Senate hearing, and urged the government to send the message to the public that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” He has also said in a separate hearing that marijuana cannot be safer than alcohol because, “Lady Gaga says she’s addicted to it and it is not harmless.” He is likely to use his power as Attorney General to close down state-legal marijuana and medical marijuana programs.

Sessions is also a proponent of harsh sentences for drug offenses. Sessions was the chief opponent of recent bipartisan efforts to reduce sentences for drug offenses, demagoguing that, “this proposal would provide for leniency for illegal alien drug traffickers,” and voting against the bill in the Judiciary Committee.

“Donald Trump’s decision heralds a return to the worst days of the drug war,” said Bill Piper, Senior Director of Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs. “Trump promised to ‘drain the swamp’ but he’s gone to the very bottom of the drug war barrel for this pick.”

Sessions also criticized the Obama Administration’s attempts to reduce the prison population by encouraging U.S. Attorneys to use mandatory minimums only for high-level drug traffickers. It is likely that Sessions as Attorney General would push for harsher sentences and increase the prison population.

Sessions has to be confirmed by a majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee – on which he currently sits – as well as on the Senate floor. In 1986 Sessions served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama and was nominated to be a federal judge by President Ronald Reagan – an even less prominent position than Attorney General – and he was rejected by a Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee for his racist views. He was only the second person in 50 years to be rejected, with the late Senator Ted Kennedy commenting that it was “inconceivable … that a person of this attitude is qualified to be a U.S. attorney, let alone a United States federal judge.”

The Drug Policy Alliance is mobilizing their members to fight back and oppose Senator Sessions for Attorney General.

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One Out of Four US Senators Is a Marijuana Prohibitionist — Is Yours One of Them?

One Out of Four US Senators Is a Marijuana Prohibitionist — Is Yours One of Them? | Phillip Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — Marijuana legalization now consistently scores majorities in national public opinion polls, marijuana is already legal in four states and the District of Columbia and likely to be legal in a handful more, including California, before year’s end, and the Obama administration has effectively thrown federal pot prohibition to the wind in the […]

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