Marijuana Industry Reacts to Trump Attorney General Appointment

Is there an upcoming fight between Jeff Sessions and the marijuana industry? If the potential attorney general is confirmed, then the answer is likely yes.

President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint U.S, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as attorney general has kicked up a storm in the cannabis industry.

Many fear Sessions, a vocal opponent of marijuana, will come down hard on the business, even if they complied with their state laws.

Jeff Sessions and the Marijuana Industry

Businesses Concerned Over Sessions’ Appointment

While Sessions’ appointment has brought a lot of worry for cannabis businesses, many are pinning their hopes on Trump.

“Despite Session’s comments about enforcing federal laws, we expect the Trump Administration will make good on its commitment to states’ rights,” Nate Bradley, Executive Director of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) said in a release from Evan Nison Consulting, a pro-industry PR firm.

Bradley’s belief in the Trump administration gains credence from the President-elect’s earlier support for medical marijuana.

Many businesses are also expecting Trump to see the amount of money that’s coming into the states through taxes.

Small Business Deals

“If Senator Sessions goes after the regulated cannabis industry, he will destroy tens of thousands of jobs, shut down hundreds of small businesses and take away millions of dollars from our schools. Hopefully the Trump Administration supports states’ rights on cannabis legalization, despite Senator Sessions’ personal views,” commented Isaac Dietrich, CEO of MassRoots, a social platform for for the Marijuana community.

Sessions’ Stand on Marijuana So Far

Sessions has been very open in his opposition to marijuana legalization.

Deleted: He has spoken out against marijuana on several occasions. Last year at a Senate hearing, he said, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

An earlier comment made in the 80s drew considerable criticism. Back then, Sessions was being considered for a federal district judge position. At that time, he had remarked he thought the Ku Klux Klan “were OK until I found out they smoked pot.”

He apologized later.

Where do States Stand on Marijuana at the Moment

Medical marijuana use is legalized in 28 states at present. Recreational laws have been passed in eight states and 21 percent of the U.S. population now resides in a state where smoking weed is legal.

National prohibitions against interstate cannabis commerce and federal banking and drug laws have kept big companies at bay so far. This, in turn, has created opportunities for small businesses and startups. Many smaller firms have, in fact, established cultivators, processing, manufacturing and testing facilities.

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Shubhomita Bose Shubhomita Bose is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. She covers key studies and surveys about the small business market, along with general small business news. She draws on 8 years of experience in copywriting, marketing and communications, having worked extensively on creating content for small and medium sized enterprises.

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  1. Get with the times grandpa and jump on the train of progress. You’d think with the enormous tax revenues that stand to be generated it would be a no brained but not for this idiot. They do know that people have and always will smoke marijuana for whatever reason right ?? Take the tax money pops.. people smoke marijuana already, nobody is asking your permission so you’re a fool not to legalise, regulate and tax. I personally don’t smoke but any person with half a brain can see how many benefits are at stake.. drink up dumbass. You’re fighting a losing battle and asking not to get paid in the process.. but who am I ? Just a regular American with a vote but starting to seem like neither hold much water these days. What a video of how fast Cannabis Oil stops a seizure and talk to someone with severe epilepsy.. How is a “leader” so uneducated on certain issues, unopened minded to progress, change and financial gains when this country is supposed to be “made great again” ??? We want great again not 1950 again. Probably looking to separate water fountains next.. what a jerk.

  2. I’m scared for my children that they don’t have a Single Person to look up to in major politics. Why couldn’t we elect just a regular intelligent guy/gal with a cabinet of integrity instead of flip flopping jerks that only care for themselves? It’s like a driving school with deaf blind instructors.. not the car we thought we’d be in but guess what? We’re going to crash.. God help us

  3. It will be interesting to see how marijuana dispensary and delivery companies innovate in the coming years, there is so many opportunities for tax revenue and benefits to society. Hopefully it works out! Canada’s system is doing alight but could use some modernization