Is the U.S. returning to an era of Reefer Madness?
The early-on and enthusiastic Trump supporter, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) was named today as the incoming president’s pick for attorney general. Sessions served as a U.S. attorney under Ronald Reagan.
Many of Sessions statements and positions will likely lead to a tough Senate hearing due to his opposition to immigration reform and proposals to lessen mandatory prison sentences.
As it relates to both state-licensed marijuana businesses as well as legalization or decriminalization at the federal level, Sessions has been no friend to the marijuana industry.
Sessions has been reported as saying, “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
Referring to drug use since the end of Nancy Regan's "Just Say No" campaign, Sessions was quoted earlier this year as saying, “I can't tell you how concerning it is for me, emotionally and personally, to see the possibility that we will reverse the progress that we've made....”
He also stated, “It was the prevention movement that really was so positive, and it led to this decline. The creating of knowledge that this drug is dangerous, it cannot be played with, it is not funny, it's not something to laugh about, and trying to send that message with clarity, that good people don't smoke marijuana.”
Sessions will likely be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate. It will be interesting for investors, those in the marijuana industry and the American public, to see what his marijuana policy will be. Will Trump ultimately make the major policy decisions, or will he delegate those to his attorney general? If this occurs, will Trump or Sessions consider marijuana policy as "major policy decisions?"
Author: Jeffrey Friedland (www.jeffreyfriedland.com,firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 1-646-450-8909.
Mr. Friedland is CEO of INTIVA Inc., director of CannRx, a founder of Israel Plant Sciences and has other involvements in the cannabis industry in the United States, Canada and Israel.
Jeffrey Friedland is the author of 'Marijuana: The World's Most Misunderstood Plant," which is available in print and Kindle editions athttp://www.amazon.com/author/jeffreyfriedlandAmazon.