We all know the horrendous Jeff Sessions, a known advocate for anti-marijuana legislation. Earlier this year, Sessions was giving a speech in Richmond, Virginia where he stated that "marijuana is only slightly less awful than heroin." In 2016, 13,000 American's died of heroin overdoses reported by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, and zero deaths were reported on the cause of marijuana overdosing. But that's not the only thing, later on in this speech, Sessions addressed plans for cracking down on marijuana laws even in states that have already legalized it.
Well, that plan is not coming to fruition. Newsweek states that "a bipartisan group of House Democrats and Republicans agreed Sunday to $1 trillion in government spending to avoid a shutdown and see them through to the end of September. But while it also gave $1.5 billion more for border security and $12.5 billion for new military spending, there wasn't any money for Sessions to go after states that have legalized medical marijuana and or where the recreational use of the drug is legal."
Attorney General Sessions seems to be complying, he attended a meeting on April 29th with governors from four legal-marijuana states. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) who requested this meeting, insisted on questioning Sessions on whether or not he had plans to crackdown on states that have already legalized marijuana. Hickenlooper later told MSNBC's MTP Daily, "at one point, he said, 'Well, you haven't seen us cracking down, have you?' I said, 'No.'".
According to the Denver Post:
Hickenlooper laid out the basics, noting that he worked against legalization here, but that he believes Colorado lawmakers and regulators have in place a good system that is getting better. The governor noted that we haven't seen a rise in teenage use of the drug, that emergency room visits have decreased as laws regulating edibles have made the products safe and that the state worked this legislative session to tighten loopholes in grows that have seen large amounts of pot slipping into other states that haven't legalized.
This is good news for the cannabis industry. Everyone has been waiting to see what Sessions would try to do in terms of marijuana legalization. But it seems to be that, he won't be doing anything.