Ever since Donald Trump announced his plans to appoint marijuana opponent Jeff Sessions to the position of United States Attorney General, the marijuana world has had its head spinning. Jeff Sessions is a ‘worst case scenario’ for Attorney General according to many activists. I personally can’t think of someone scarier from a marijuana reform standpoint, among many other social justice related things. There are petitions calling for the removal of the appointment, and there are now a series of protests planned in Washington D.C.. Per the Washington Times:
Marijuana advocates in Washington, D.C., plan to spend Monday afternoon on Capitol Hill conducting the first of five scheduled protests organized in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, as the nation’s next attorney general.
Activists this week said they’ll hold the first of several “Smoke Sessions” at noon Monday at the senator’s office inside the Russell Building on Capitol Hill in the wake of Mr. Trump naming the notoriously anti-weed lawmaker to head the Department of Justice.
The demonstrations are being organized by DCMJ, a local marijuana advocacy group that says it’s particularly concerned given past remarks made by Mr. Sessions with regards to legalizing cannabis. During a congressional hearing in April, Mr. Sessions suggested one of President Obama’s “greatest failures” was allowing several states to legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana during the course of his administration.
I’m definitely curious to see how the protests are received. The DCMJ organization is responsible for legalizing marijuana for adult-use in Washington D.C., and has conducted protests for other things. Jeff Sessions is a horrible person, and pressure definitely needs to be put on the incoming Trump administration to let them know that this pick is unacceptable. I’m not hopeful that the Trump administration will listen, but we won’t know until we push back in every way that we can.