The marijuana nation this week descended on Washington, D.C. to protest President-Elect Donald Trump’s appointment of ultra-conservative U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.
He’s expressed some pretty outrageous views of cannabis, including his declaration that he thought the Ku Klux Klan “was OK until I found out they smoked pot.” Seriously.
Yesterday the the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) was part of a “Day of Action” to protest the Alabama senator’s appointment. Participants are trying to get the social media hashtag #JustSayNoToSessions to take off.
“Senator Sessions’ views are out of step with mainstream America and they are in conflict with laws throughout a majority of states,” said NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri. “We must demand that Senators on the Judiciary Committee ask this nominee whether he intends to respect the will of the voters in these states and whether he truly believes that no ‘good people’ have ever smoked pot. If he truly believes such outdated Reefer Madness rhetoric, then he should not be the next Attorney General.”
Oh yeah, he also said, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” (Kind folks surely do, however).
NORML and other organizers are urging pro-pot citizens to call their U.S. senators to urge them not to support Sessions’ confirmation as the nation’s top cop.
“Sessions will possess the power to roll back decades of hard-fought gains,” NORML states. “He will have the authority to challenge the medical marijuana programs that now operate in 29 states and the adult use legalization laws that have been approved in eight states.”