HOW PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL COULD IMPACT MARIJUANA
- December 8, 2018
Over the course of a few years, our social and political circles in the United States have been virtually turned inside out thanks to the presence of the little green plant called marijuana. Although 33 states have officially legalized the drug (with an additional 8 permitting it for recreational use), one roadblock remains: the plant is still 100% illegal on the federal level. With the recent firing of Jeff Sessions, however, the pro-cannabis community has had its collective eye set on Washington D.C. as President Donald Trump prepares to add a new face to his administration. Now, after weeks of thinking it through, it appears our nation’s leader has finally made his decision. Let’s take a closer look and see how President Trump’s new Attorney General could impact marijuana legalization.
A Sticky Situation in Congress
On Friday, December 7, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that he will nominate William Barr (Republican lawyer and former Justice Department official) as the next U.S. Attorney General. From 1991 to 1993, Barr already served as the Attorney General and maintained his anti-drug advocacy under President George H.W. Bush. At the time, the late president warned the public that drugs are one of the greatest epidemics and threats to public safety ever recorded. So, will Barr take a similar approach under President Trump?
What particularly made Jeff Sessions’ tenure so interesting was his adherence to the Reagan-era initiative of “Just Say No.” In fact, in 1986, the former Attorney General joked that he respected the Ku Klux Klan until he learned they smoked marijuana. 30 years later, in 2016, he explained that good people do not indulge in the little green plant.
Is There a Cause for Concern?
In Marijuana Moment, Kyle Jaeger points out that Barr’s experience as the Attorney General for President Bush could potentially put a damper on the pro-cannabis community. Back in the 1990s, Barr supported rigorous enforcement for drug-related criminal activity and supported a $1.5 million boost in federal police spending. In fact, the DPA’s director of national affairs, Michael Collins, commented that our president found an attorney general worse than Sessions.
While we cannot provide opinions on that matter, we will still wait and see what transpires.
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