Jeff Sessions ended his tenure as Attorney General today by tendering his resignation after an acrimonious relationship with President Trump. And while Sessions' departure could jeopardize the Mueller investigation, the news also has cannabis advocates celebrating like the Ewoks after the destruction of the Death Star.
That's because Sessions was one of the most vocal opponents of cannabis legalization in the Trump administration. During his time time in office, Sessions has obstructed marijuana research, blocked efforts to legalize marijuana whenever he had the chance, and claimed that cannabis is only "slightly less awful than heroin."
On top of all that, Sessions also once 'joked' that he thought the Ku Klux Klan "was OK until I found out they smoked pot.”
People say the devil you know is always better than the devil you don't know. But, in this case, it's hard to imagine how anyone could be worse than Sessions when it comes to marijuana. Unless Trump replaces him with a DVD of 'Reefer Madness.'
Sessions' departure removes a major roadblock in the way of marijuana reform. Although 10 states have now legalized recreational cannabis use and another 23 have legalized medical marijuana, the federal government still strictly prohibits all cannabis use. But that could change as of today. The incoming head of the Department of Justice could loosen restrictions on cannabis research, recognize the medical value of marijuana or even speak out in support repealing federal prohibition.
And if all that sounds like a pipe dream, keep in mind that Trump supports medical marijuana and respects the rights of states to determine their own cannabis laws. So now he can appoint an attorney general that shares his more progressive view on cannabis.
Take a look at our list of eight candidates that could replace Jeff Sessions in the role here.