When Jeff Sessions got the boot from President Donald Trump, few in Colorado's marijuana industry cried for the former attorney general. Sessions has a long history of hating the plant, and the hits kept coming during his short time as AG.
In the ’80s, he'd said that he thought members of the Ku Klux Klan "were okay until I found out they smoked pot." That didn't stop Trump from appointing Sessions to AG in 2017, and although Trump has said he supports states' rights regarding legalized marijuana, in January Sessions retracted a decade of federal policy regarding pot, including the Cole memo. While there have been no visible signs of a crackdown, the industry has been worried about what Sessions might try.
Many are breathing a sigh of relief, like Arrika, who says:
Bought and paid for by big pharma.
A true relic of the past. I don't agree with the way it went down, but I will not miss this person that had no idea how to serve a diverse population.
DT could easily appoint someone worse. I won’t rest until it’s more settled.
Trump is considering Chris Christie, and he is no fan of marijuana.
I personally think this is what Trump meant when he said changes are going to be coming to marijuana soon....
Keep reading for more on Sessions.
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Legal pot won't miss Sessions. "Attorney General Jefferson Sessions was a national disgrace. NORML hopes he finds the time during his retirement to seek treatment for his affliction of 1950s reefer madness," Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said in a statement following the AG's ouster on November 7.
The next night, hundreds gathered at the Colorado Capitol for a protest against the Trump administration. Prompted by the president's demand that Sessions resign, the rally, which included a who's-who list of state Democrats, was part of hundreds of #ProtectMueller protests happening around the U.S.
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