HOW NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL MATTHEW WHITTAKER WILL INFLUENCE MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION
- November 10, 2018
In the past couple of days, the media erupted into a volcanic firestorm after President Donald Trump made the startling decision to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Following a scandal involving the Russian government, Sessions officially handed in his letter of resignation only one day after the 2018 midterm elections, resulting in two pivotal points for the country (one for social law and the other for marijuana laws). Now, President Trump has selected Matthew Whittaker as Sessions’ replacement, a choice which has shocked lawmakers and the public. While this newcomer is certainly nothing like his predecessor, Whittaker has still gained the attention of the marijuana community, which has begun to question how the new Attorney General will handle cannabis legalization (in comparison to Sessions). Let’s take a closer look at the situation and see what officials have to say.
Sweet and Simple
Prior to this incident, Matthew Whitaker served as Jeff Sessions’ Chief of Staff but quickly got on our president’s good side after voicing his distaste for the Trump-Russian investigation in 2016. While he is certainly attracting the attention of lawmakers for different reasons, we have to wonder how the new Attorney General will handle the medical and recreational marijuana laws in our country. What is his opinion on the matter?
Overall, Whittaker seems to be playing it cool but not showing boisterous enthusiasm. In 2014, the new Attorney General supported Iowa’s legalization of cannabidiol (CBD) and contradicted Eric Holder’s (Obama’s attorney general) hands-off approach to handling state cannabis laws. Overall, Whittaker is not criticizing the little green plant and has not criticized consumers. Likewise, he has not exhibited a passion for sparking a new War on Drugs.
Strong Voice, Little Impact
While Whittaker has not opposed marijuana, his opinion (ultimately) will not be a necessary part of the pro-cannabis movement. However, with Jeff Sessions out of office, the marijuana industry is preparing to skyrocket. Who knows what the future holds for the little green plant in our country?
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