Just a few months ago, the situation we are looking at right now seemed 100% unthinkable. Not only did very few people realistically think that Donald Trump had a shot at the White House, but the idea that he may nominate Senator Jeff Sessions as the next Attorney General seemed elaborate at best. But not only did all of the above happen, but this week has seen this particular nomination confirmed. Like it or not…you might choose not…Sessions has been officially confirmed for the position of the United States Atty. General.
Suffice to say, the decision has ruffled more than a few feathers among various camps and campaign groups. Not only are millions extremely worried about comments made by Sessions in the past regarding race, but there’s the nagging fear across the cannabis industry that he may decide to roll back every advance made with regard to legalisation while Obama was in power.
After all, we are talking about the same man who once said that if it was up to him, he would impose the death penalty for cannabis dealers. Which would in today’s world mean that thousands of people across the US who are not breaking any laws would be prime candidates for the lethal injection.
Again, oh dear.
Of course, this is looking at the whole thing from a rather negative and pessimistic perspective as the chances of anything quite so severe happening are indeed zero. Not only this, but while many figures across the legal cannabis industry are rather terrified about what could come to pass over the coming years, National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith decided instead to extend an olive branch.
“We look forward to Attorney General Sessions maintaining the current federal policy of respect for legal, regulated cannabis programs in the states, and we will work with him to do that,” he said, following the confirmation of Sessions’ new position.
"State-legal cannabis businesses generate billions of dollars in economic activity and support tens of thousands of good-paying jobs. The projected value of the legal cannabis industry in the U.S. for 2016 is $6.7 billion, and that market value is expected to grow to $21.8 billion by 2020.” he said.
Given the fact that Trump continues to guarantee the most outstanding economy for all Americans, it is highly unlikely that a multibillion dollar industry that now spans 28 states is something that will be disappearing from existence anytime soon.
Smith added that President Trump has promised Americans a thriving economy, and these businesses play a key role in 28 states.
Speaking on behalf of the Marijuana Policy Project, Director of Federal Policies Robert Capecchi expressed cautious optimism in the likelihood (or unlikelihood) that Federal Resources will be used to in any way harm or punish businesses workings legally in both recreational and medical cannabis industries.
“When asked about his plans for marijuana enforcement, Attorney General Sessions said he ‘echo[es]’ the position taken by Loretta Lynch during her confirmation hearings. He repeatedly acknowledged the scarcity of enforcement resources, and he said he would ensure they are used as effectively as possible to stop illicit drugs from being trafficked into the country,” he said.
Still, it remains to be seen how things pan out and one thing that Sessions has made abundantly clear is that he refuses to rule out the enforcement of Federal law, should he decide that he does in fact want to pull the plug.