Article by The Washington Times
Marijuana advocates in Washington, D.C., plan to spend Monday afternoon on Capitol Hill conducting the first of five scheduled protests organized in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, as the nation’s next attorney general.
Activists this week said they’ll hold the first of several “Smoke Sessions” at noon Monday at the senator’s office inside the Russell Building on Capitol Hill in the wake of Mr. Trump naming the notoriously anti-weed lawmaker to head the Department of Justice.
The demonstrations are being organized by DCMJ, a local marijuana advocacy group that says it’s particularly concerned given past remarks made by Mr. Sessions with regards to legalizing cannabis. During a congressional hearing in April, Mr. Sessions suggested one of President Obama’s “greatest failures” was allowing several states to legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana during the course of his administration.
“Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” Mr. Sessions said during the hearing. “We need grownups in charge in Washington saying marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought to be minimized, that it is in fact a very real danger.”
Adam Eidinger, a D.C. businessman and activist whose spearheading the protest, indicated he hopes the Smoke Sessions will uncover exactly what the senator plans on doing for state and federal pot laws once Mr. Trump enters office in January and he takes the helm of the Justice Department.
“We’re saying, we don’t want this guy, and if he is going to be the guy he’s got to clarify his positions,” Mr. Eidinger told the DCist website. “But really, we don’t want him. This is just an unacceptable pick.