In the wake of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to revoke protections on the marijuana industry, many have called on Congress to take action and protect cannabis laws around the country. One person adding his voice to the mix is Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
On Twitter, Inslee called on Congress to legalize marijuana in the wake of Sessions' controversial decision to rescind the Cole Memo. He noted that the Trump administration seems more concerned with old-fashioned ideological arguments against marijuana than rational evidence of how legalization improves states that enact it.
Last week on @MeetThePress, I called on Congress to legalize marijuana. With an administration too focused on ideology, and not the facts on the ground, like that legalization is working in states like Washington and Colorado, we need Congress to act. https://t.co/5xPUnZCutK— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) January 8, 2018
In his tweet, Inslee linked a recent interview he gave in which he questioned why Republicans were ditching their states' rights support when it comes to marijuana.
Sessions' decision to rescind the Cole Memo has received criticism from several prominent politicians in the past week, from both sides of the political aisle. Many of those speaking out happen to represent legal states, like Inslee.
And that's before the Department of Justice has even been able to do anything about marijuana. Just the idea that the DOJ could interfere with marijuana laws has brought out widespread condemnation. Could you imagine if they actually tried to enforce anything?
And considering a new report says that the majority of people in Alabama, Sessions' home state, approve of marijuana legalization, at some point the Attorney General may be the only person in the country who still opposes legalization.