The marijuana industry will be listening intently to the confirmation hearings for Jeff Sessions for attorney general on Tuesday morning. While many people are focused on Sessions past positions on civil rights, the cannabis companies are very concerned that this marijuana critic could put the brakes on the legalization of marijuana.
Even though Sessions comes to the hearings with heavy baggage, the general consensus is that he will get confirmed. If he does get confirmed, then the industry will be watching to see whether President-elect Trump, who is generally in favor of states rights, will convince Sessions to his way of thinking or whether Sessions will be given a green light to pursue his anti-marijuana agenda.
“The rumor I’ve heard is that they will be cracking down with DC first,” said Adam Eidinger Co-founder of DCMJ, the group behind the legalization efforts in Washington DC. “That a large number of dispensaries are going to get shut down straight up, shut down by the DEA six months from now.” Eidinger added, “Then all the states that legalized are going to get letters saying ‘No, don’t do it.’” [Read more at Forbes]