Press Release  | 01/10/2017

Sen. Jeff Sessions Gives "Wishy Washy" Response to Questions about Marijuana and Federalism at Attorney General Confirmation Hearing Today

Drug Policy Alliance: Sessions Did Not Rule Out Continuing the Federal War on Marijuana

Statement from Bill Piper, Senior Director of the Drug Policy Alliance's Office of National Affairs:

“Senator Jeff Sessions’ response to questions about marijuana & federalism during his Attorney General confirmation hearing today was wishy-washy at best. It is clear that he was too afraid to say the ‘reefer madness’ things he said just a year ago, and that’s progress. But he made it clear throughout the hearing that he will enforce federal law. He could have said he will respect state marijuana law, which is what President-elect Trump said on the campaign trail, but instead he said it is up to Congress to change the law.

“Sessions has a long history of opposing marijuana reform, and nothing he said at the hearing suggests he has changed his mind. Hopefully he will clarify his position in his written response to Senators’ questions.”

Contact:

Tony Newman, 646-335-5384
Bill Piper, 202-669-6430

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