Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Trump's pick for AG: Marijuana is 'a very real danger'

Last month, California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevadav oted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, bringing the total number of states where recreational pot use is legal to eight, reported The Week. And medical marijuana use is either legal or about to be implemented in 28 states and the District of Columbia. The legal marijuana industry is expected to do about $7 billion in sales in 2016, and to grow almost exponentially as more states pursue recreational and medical legalization. Meanwhile, popular support for legalized pot is higher than it's ever been in Gallup's 47-year history of asking Americans about weed, with three in five supporting legalization.
But what about Donald Trump? And more specifically, what about his choice for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)?
Sessions has called for more federal prosecutions of marijuana growers and businesses in states where it is legal. He said in April that it's important for the government to send a "message with clarity that good people don't smoke marijuana." He declared that "we need grownups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it's in fact a very real danger."
One of the major difficulties in the burgeoning pot industry has long been the federal government's ability to prosecute businesses that the states say are legal. Making Sessions the head of the agency in charge of federal law enforcement and prosecutions has many in the cannabis community quite concerned.
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