Despite laws being passed in Nevada to legalize recreational marijuana and treat it similarly to alcohol, there are lots of signs that Trump, fueled by his ultra conservative base, will do everything to make sure that people are prosecuted under Federal Law. The US Senate is preparing to vote in Alabama republican Jeff Sessions, who absolutely hates everything about Marijuana.
All signs indicate that Sessions, who last year said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana,” has lined up the votes to get confirmed as the highest law enforcement officer in the land.
Making people more nervous is that he’s refused to even really talk about his position, leading many people to assume he’s going to continue his hard line attitude in enforcing federal drug laws, and probably even shutting down every “legal” business in the State.
“There’s a lot of nervousness,” Adam Spiker, executive director of the Southern California Coalition, a marijuana trade association group based in Los Angeles, said Monday. “First and foremost, he’s made it real clear that he is not a fan of the product or the industry.”
“I won’t commit to never enforcing federal law,” Sessions said.
Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal Schedule I drug.
In previous comments, Sessions has been staunchly anti-pot. He said he opposes legal recreational marijuana and called the Obama administration’s pot policy “untenable.” This likely means that he will remove this “hands off” approach and start sending in the feds to close down any dispensary.
What makes this more likely is the relationship between President Trump and Las Vegas casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson who is hell-bent on stopping marijuana in its tracks. He’s donated personally millions to fight it in every State that has tried to pass making it legal, and took it very personally that his own State has made it legal.
Adelson had put over $2 million into a fight against legalizing recreational marijuana in Nevada, and as we know, failed. Adelson’s wife founded clinics that treat drug addiction, and he is a major contributor to anti-marijuana efforts.
“If the Senate approves Jeff Sessions as Attorney General they will be elevating a true believer in outdated reefer madness rhetoric to the highest law enforcement post in the land,” said Erik Altieri the Executive Director of NORML. “Until we have explicit confirmation from the Trump Administration or Senator Sessions himself that the federal government will not interfere with state marijuana laws, we are urging Senators to stand up for the will of the voters and the 60 percent of the country that supports legalization and ‘just say no’ to Sessions for Attorney General.”