Jeff Sessions Attacks Republican Senator Blocking DOJ Nominees Over Marijuana Policies

Last month, Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner promised to not allow any confirmations for Department of Justice appointment nominees until Attorney General Jeff Sessions changed his recent decision to rescind protections for states with legalized marijuana. Gardner has kept to that promise, and it turns out Sessions isn't very happy about it.

While speaking to the National Sheriffs’ Association today, Sessions made it clear he's not happy with how Gardner's handling the current situation. The Attorney General said he has a handful of nominees he'd like to see confirmed, but can't get it due to Gardner's holdout.

"Too often, we've seen bad judgements, even politics enter into the work that we do," Sessions said. "We’re trying to confirm a number of important component heads at the Department of Justice.  It's just getting to be frustrating, I've gotta tell you. Our nominee to the National Security Division – the anti-terrorism division – was approved unanimously in the committee. But because right now one senator’s concerns over unrelated issues – like reversing federal law against marijuana -- we can’t even get a vote."

Of course, you could also accuse Sessions of letting his own personal anti-marijuana bias enter into his work as Attorney General. Also, we're pretty sure this is what they call a "passive-aggressive" statement.

Gardner says Sessions told him that he would not make marijuana a priority before being confirmed as Attorney General. The senator says he will continue preventing votes on DOJ nominees until Sessions honors his commitment made before his confirmation. 

(h/t Forbes)


If passed, a new bipartisan bill filed in the House of Representative this week would automatically seal some federal marijuana convictions. On Tuesday, Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) introduced a new piece of legislation titled the Clean Slate Act. Under the new bill, individuals with federal cannabis convictions will automatically have their records sealed one year after they have completed their sentence.

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