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Jeff Sessions’ Jeffiest Marijuana Moments of 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made it clear that he opposes the will of his fellow Americans when it comes to cannabis legalization, as an overwhelming majority of United States residents are in favor of relaxing federal regulations against the herb. To remind ourselves of some of the worst things he's done for cannabis culture and the blossoming industry surrounding it, here we highlight Jeff Sessions' “Jeffiest” marijuana moments of 2017.

1. In March of this year, AG Sessions delivered what was possibly his “Jeffiest” moment of 2017. Speaking before law enforcement officers, Sessions memorably shared his ridiculous belief that the negative effects of marijuana are comparable to those of heroin, saying “I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana—so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful.”

2. AG Sessions rolled back Obama-era guidelines that relaxed the sentencing of first-time and non-violent crimes. He ordered federal prosecutors to always pursue the toughest charges, and he also re-established the program that allows the Department of Justice to seize a person's assets when he or she is only suspected of a crime.

3. In one of his “Jeffiest” moments, AG Sessions was video taped talking down to a Justice Department intern who questioned his “harsh” stance on marijuana in June of 2017. He called her “Dr. Whatever-Your-Name-Is” and told her to take her argument to the American Medical Association.

4. Under the leadership of AG Sessions, the Justice Department isn't letting the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) approve more than two dozen applications for experts to grow and cannabis solely for research. By blocking the DEA from approving these proposals, Sessions is essentially shutting down one of the nation's only cannabis research programs.

5. AG Sessions personally appealed to congressional leaders in May asking them to roll back restrictions that keep the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis providers. He wrote a letter saying his officers “must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives,” drawing a far-fetched comparison between medical marijuana providers with drug dealers.


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