President-Elect Donald Trump dashed a lot of hopes in the marijuana law reform community with his selection of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (R) as his nominee for U.S. Attorney General.
“I’d hoped that President-elect Trump would at least stand by his campaign statement that marijuana legalization ‘should be a state issue, state-by-state.’ But even that hope has been seriously diminished by his choice for attorney general – Senator Jeff Sessions, a drug war dinosaur with a sad history of racist rhetoric and sympathies,” said Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of The Drug Policy Alliance.
“Trump’s pick, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, is a militant prohibitionist,” NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said in a statement. “We could go into great detail how Senator Sessions has been an outspoken opponent against reform, but in this case his rhetoric is so off the wall…we’ll let his past statements speak for themselves:
“You have to have leadership from Washington. You can’t have the President of the United States of America talking about marijuana … you are sending a message to young people that there is no danger in this process. It is false that marijuana use doesn’t lead people to more drug use. It is already causing a disturbance in the states that have made it legal.”
Sessions has also opined in the past that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
“We must be ready to fight back,” Altieri said. “We must be ready to mobilize in defense of all of our hard fought victories.”
In fact, NORML is already fighting back, urging people to use this simple form to let their Senators know that they oppose the nomination of Sessions and want to see him defeated. If he is defeated it will be a huge victory for cannabis activists across the country.