Much to the chagrin of cannabis advocates, Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions has long been vocal on his disapproval of marijuana. In several hearings last Spring, then-Senator Sessions pleaded with government to get across to the public that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
Sessions has even brought Lady Gaga and the KKK into his anti-pot arguments. At a senate hearing, he stated that pot can’t be safer than booze because “Lady Gaga says she’s addicted to it and it’s not harmless.” According to a colleague of Sessions, the former senator once joked about the Ku Klux Klan, saying he found them “okay, until he learned that they smoked marijuana.”
Needless to say, the threat of a cannabis policy backlash and an amped-up war on drugs has upset marijuana advocates, liberals and libertarians alike. However, it has recently come to light that any major changes to the Obama administration’s hands-off marijuana policy may have been exaggerated. According to Politico, before his confirmation as Attorney General, Sessions privately reassured senators he planned no major shifts in pot policy despite his own personal beliefs.