Drug War Update: Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General

Attorney General Sessions Cannabis Now Magazine

Anti-marijuana politician will serve as U.S. Attorney General.

Uh oh. President-elect Donald J. Trump has appointed Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to become the U.S. Attorney General. Marijuana activists and users could be in for an extremely rude awakening after nearly a decade of relatively passive federal enforcement of the nation’s drug war.

The three-term senator, hardly a Washington outsider, has never minced words when it comes to his views on marijuana. As recently as April 2016 the Senator stated his views on marijuana during Congressional hearings, “this drug is dangerous, you cannot play with it, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about.” Senator Sessions also offered the observation that, “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

At the same hearing Sessions lamented the slow dissolution of Nancy Reagan’s Just Say No campaign, giving credit for the nation’s declining drug use to the former first lady.

“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 said. “It was the prevention movement that really was so positive, and it led to this decline.”

Well, not exactly. The nation’s drug use was already in decline when the Reagans took office and studies have shown that teens enrolled in the Just Say No’s organizing force, the notorious DARE program, were just as likely to use drugs as those teens who were not enrolled.

But prohibitionists have an aversion to facts, no matter how conclusive they may be and for Sessions drug prohibition isn’t the only wrong from the past with which the prospective AG takes issue. Gays, immigrants and blacks are all on Sessions’ hit list. He is on record as saying that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are “un-American” and “Communist inspired.”

Drug advocates have, for the past 8-10 years, been like the James Taylor song “Fire and Rain.” With “our backs turned toward the sun” we have traveled down a relatively smooth road for some time. Oh sure, there have been horrendous miscarriages of justice. But if you want an indication that things have improved you need only look at the statistics out of Alabama for the period between 2008 and 2012. Marijuana arrest for sales and/or possession fell from 10,209 to 3,600, a decline of over 60 percent! But “Lord knows, when that cold wind blows it will turn your head around” and things are starting to get chilly.

TELL US, what do you think about Sessions being named the Attorney General?

Alice O’Leary-Randall is the widow of Robert C. Randall, the acknowledged founder of the medical cannabis movement. She lives in Sarasota, Florida and is a retired hospice nurse. Since retirement, she has returned to the fight for medical cannabis on many fronts. She serves as the medical cannabis ambassador for Mary’s Medicinals and on the Board of Directors for Mary's Foundation of Caring. Additionally she is on the Board of Directors for the American Cannabis Nurses Association. She is the executive editor for Mary's Cannabis Primer and a frequent contributor to Cannabis Now Magazine and Huffington Post. She is the author of two books on the medical cannabis issue. Medical Marijuana in America:Memoir of a Pioneer is an autobiography published in 2014. In 1998 she and her late husband co-authored Marijuana Rx: The Patients' Fight for Medicinal Pot.

10 Comments

  1. joe davison

    December 2, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    passive federal enforcement are you kidding me ? Do you NOT remember in 2011 and 2012 Eric Holder decided to prosecute MMJ out of the blue after letting them think they were ok. Those people are in jail to this day.

  2. Greg

    December 2, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Most here are ignoring the fact that our federal government does not have the funds or personnel allocated to stopping the growth of medical and recreational MJ.

    They (feds) don’t have the resources to even crack down on Colorado alone, much less the other states. Congress controls the purse, not the administrative branch nor departments.

    Without congress, there is little to nothing Jeff Sessions can do.

    MMJ or recreational, it’s too big for them to stop it now. Too much momentum and a severe backlash from the people would immediately reverse anything that could be attempted by them quickly.

    Lastly, even most conservatives now understand and have seen the science, the videos and much more on how well MMJ works for so many diseases and conditions.

    For Gods sake, there are over 113 known studies and papers on how MMJ eliminates almost all kinds of brain cancer. That’s just brain cancers.

  3. Katrina Edger

    December 1, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Well, I’ve been a Senator Sessions supporter for many years now he’s a fine gentleman however his hit list for gays, was solved by President Obama, as for the one on blacks he probably should reconsider his feelings toward this subhect I mean really? Blacks vote too. As for immigrants “illegal” this should be slammed down on. His views on marijuana should be reconsidered as well. Times have changed and so has the medical profession. Like President Obama said treat it like alcohol and cigarettes, tax it and legalize it for medical use. It’s a proven fact now it works for even chemotherapy patients and there’d be less cancer in the U.S. and it would be a huge step on getting the U.S. out of debt. I agree with President Obama on this totally. President Trump says he has no objection to it either so he’d be good as the U.S. attorney General if he’d simply change his view points on these subject matters of great importance. Respectfully. And it’s already legal in 28 states so get with the times and allow it.

  4. Kevin

    November 30, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Settle down America! He’s got to enforce Trumps well and policies! Trump has continually said marijuana, although he’d vote against it… Is STILL a State’s rights issue! He’s said that since the beginning of the campaign!

    8 States now have TOTALLY legal recreational marijuana. 37 States have medical marijuana at the least! He’s NOT going to overturn the will of 300 million Americans. That’s how many American live under Medical/Recreational Marijuana laws!

    Trump’s NOT stupid! He understands business! Sit back, take a deep breath and relax! Marijuana’s not going anywhere!

  5. Dr. Dennis Zerull

    November 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Let’s hope that logic and reason win the day and won’t send cannabis back into the shadows because of ignorance, fear and corrupt drug companies. I have my doubts however. As long as there are politicians that are funded by large pharma companies, the struggle for acceptance of this marvelous plant unfortunately continues. Now is the time for the U.S. to follow the Israeli protocol and allow full research without limitations of this life changing plant.

  6. Dr. Dennis Zerull

    November 29, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Let’s hope the logic and reason win the day and won’t send cannabis back into the shadows because of ignorance, fear and corrupt drug companies.

  7. Juergen

    November 23, 2016 at 5:13 am

    “It should be a comfort to the light that the shadows will not survive it.” – Gregor Brand

    Cannabis is purest medicine, a present from God, so what has this men to tell me about God’s intentions?

  8. Rachael

    November 21, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    This is such bullshit. Why would anyone appoint such a moronic, racist asshole for anything?! This country has only begun it’s decline into hell apparently. I fear for the future of every citizen in this nation.

    • Trish

      November 21, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      I am thinking and have been seen the election. All the progress for equal rights and he says marijuana is more harm than good? Under what trials studies etc… This is insane
      Whats going on???? I’m sure that if this reverses any laws etc.. that even the Trump supporters that voted for him will be in awe due to so many people that do smoke. I guess they will be bad People too. Wow

    • Chas

      December 5, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Sorry Rachel.
      Sessions has no interest in blacks or gays other than keeping them and all other legal citizens safe – which is what Trump wants.
      CNN reported “As distressing as Sessions’ nomination is for the cannabis industry, the Trump administration and the DoJ will probably not make cannabis a priority.
      … Ultimately (he) is unlikely to have decision-making authority in the Trump administration over cannabis policy.
      Trump will let States rule.

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