Article by Emily Gray Brosious, Extract
Pro-marijuana activists met outside of Republican Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions D.C. offices on Monday afternoon, November 28, for the first demonstration in a series of planned “Smoke Sessions” protests against the President-elect’s pick for attorney general. Shortly after protesters showed up, however, the group was granted a meeting with members of the conservative lawmaker’s staff.
Organizers with the group DCMJ previously sought a meeting with the senator but said emails to Sessions’ office were rejected.
Demonstrators seemed fairly surprised and somewhat heartened when Sessions’ office invited them in for the meeting Monday afternoon.
Media attention surrounding the demonstration may have moved Sessions’ office to meet with protesters, but it’s unclear what any meeting might mean for marijuana policy going forward with Sessions at the helm of the Justice Department. The senator has been a longtime vocal marijuana reform opponent, and many pro-pot advocates remain doubtful that he’ll change that position.