Trump Attorney General Pick Says Congress Needs To Legalize Cannabis

Article by Clear Choice Cannabis

Jeff Sessions

During U.S. Attorney General nominee Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing this month, the Senator told Congress that if the states prefer to keep the possession, sale, and distribution of cannabis legal then Congress should pass a law that makes it legal at the federal level.

“The United States Congress has made the possession of marijuana in every state, and distribution of it, an illegal act,” Sen. Sessions testified. “If that’s something is not desired any longer, Congress should pass a law to change the rule.”

Upon President Donald Trump’s nomination of Republican Senator Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General, countless cannabis advocates have felt that the Senator’s past comments in opposition to cannabis use could undo advances in legalization.

During a Senate hearing in 2016, Sen. Sessions said, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” In the 1980s, as an Alabama U.S. Attorney Sessions said, he thought the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) “were OK until I found out they smoked pot.”

During a speech on the Senate floor in 2016, Sen. Sessions said that President Obama was not aggressive enough on cannabis. He warned that the United States was at the brink of succumbing to “another surge in drug use like we saw in the ’60s and ’70s.”

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