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Trump’s Choice For Top Law Enforcer Has Cannabis Proponents Fearing Future

Trump’s Choice For Top Law Enforcer Has Cannabis Proponents Fearing Future

Trump’s Choice For Top Law Enforcer Has Cannabis Proponents Fearing Future
November 22
23:48 2016

 

Trump’s Choice For Top Law Enforcer Has Cannabis Proponents Fearing Future

November 20, 20163:46 PM ET

When Donald Trump offered Sen. Jeff Sessions the position of attorney general, the pick drew criticism from civil rights groups and immigrant advocates. In the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar marijuana industry, it is also raising fears.

Sessions is no fan of marijuana or its legalization, based on his previous comments, and as attorney general he would oversee federal prosecutors and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). At a Senate hearing in April, the Alabama lawmaker praised Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign and criticized the Obama administration and cannabis legalization efforts.

“We need grown-ups 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.

Messaging should be clear, Sessions said, “that good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

That type of rhetoric is fueling concerns in the country’s budding marijuana industry. Marijuana is still listed as a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act and is illegal under federal law, but a growing number of states have approved its legalization under the Obama administration. Polls show that 60 percent of Americans support legal marijuana use.

“Jeff Sessions is a drug war dinosaur, which is the last thing the nation needs now,” Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement.

Eight states approved marijuana-related initiatives on Election Day. Industry advocates called it a “tipping point” in the national discussion about cannabis, because 1 in 5 Americans now live in a state where non-medical marijuana is legal for adults. Twenty-nine states and Washington, D.C., allow medical use.

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