Donald Trump’s AG, Jeff Sessions, is No Friend of Marijuana

Donald Trump’s AG, Jeff Sessions, is No Friend of Marijuana

Donald Trump’s AG, Jeff Sessions, is No Friend of Marijuana

In what is generally viewed as a negative development for the legal Marijuana market, US President Elect Donald Trump has selected Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be the next Attorney General of the United States.

Senstor Sessions is an outspoken critic of marijuana legalization who was reported as saying (jokingly) that the Ku Klux Klan was “OK” before he discovered that KKK members smoked marijuana.

In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this year, Sessions said that “good people do not smoke marijuana.”

Perhaps the biggest threat to the cannabis industry is that Senator Sessions, if confirmed by the Senate to the post of Attorney General, would reverse the Justice Department’s current policy of mostly turning a blind eye to enforcing federal drug laws in states where voters have approved medical or recreational use of marijuana products.

For more on what a Sessions appointment may mean, see this article in Weed News.

Publishing the “most comprehensive” report ever compiled on the cause of addiction, research conducted by The University of British Columbia indicates that people suffering from drug dependency issues could benefit from marijuana use.

Particularly helpful for those suffering from alcohol and opioid addictions, the new study found marijuana use offers a realistic exit strategy for breaking the bonds of addiction, according to UBC.

Research suggests that people may be using cannabis as an exit drug to reduce use of substances that are potentially more harmful, such as opioid pain medication.

Drilling down on the available marijuana-related studies, researchers at UBC found: “In reviewing the limited evidence on medical cannabis, it appears that patients and others who have advocated for cannabis as a tool for harm reduction and mental health have some valid points.”


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