During Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing, he was quite vague regarding what approach would be taken towards marijuana. His attitude was to get Congress to change the laws, if Americans and lawmakers don’t want federal marijuana laws enforced. Eight states have legalized recreational marijuana and 28 have legal medical marijuana – that’s a pretty big fight for Sessions should he choose to pursue it.
Sessions has made it very clear that he opposes marijuana legalization of any kind, reports Market Watch. What is good for the marijuana industry is, however, that Sessions would have to follow Trump’s agenda, not his own personal agenda. Remember, Trump is for business creation, job creation and state’s rights, all of which come from marijuana legalization.
Sessions said, “I won’t commit to never enforcing federal law, but absolutely it’s a problem of resources for the federal government. Good judgment on how to handle these cases will be a responsibility of mine, which won’t be an easy decision, but I will try to do my duty in a fair and just way.”
Sessions has been quoted saying: “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
Robert Capecchi of Marijuana Policy Project, director of federal policies, says there is cautious optimism that the Trump administration will continue its pattern as it stands and not interfere with state laws.
Sessions isn’t happy with President Obama’s “hands-off” approach to federal marijuana laws. He said, “It’s not so much the attorney general’s job to decide what laws to enforce. We should do our jobs and enforce laws effectively as we’re able. The U.S. Congress made the possession of marijuana in every state – and the distribution – an illegal act. If that’s something that’s not desired any longer, Congress should pass a law to change the rule.”