Why I Oppose the Nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

By George Rohrbacher,
Former Washington State Senator (R),
Former NORML board member

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, stated on the floor of the Senate last April, “Good people do not use marijuana”, and in doing so, Sessions defamed countless people. Individuals who are Good People and whom, by the millions, have said, “YES” to responsibly consuming marijuana here in America.

Through the ballot box, nearly a quarter of America’s citizens have regained their marijuana freedom. Their message to the federal government at this moment is loud and clear, exactly the same as was our forebears’ message, fighting for our life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

I take Sessions’ demeaning public statement is an insult to my sweet wife of 46 years, Ann, who uses cannabis salve for the neuro-muscular aches and pains of an active life and uses cannabis tincture as a sleeping aid most nights. Annie served as business manager of our small county fair for a decade. She was superintendent of our rural school district in eastern Washington. She is mother of 4 and grandmother of 9. Annie is the very definition of “good people”, Sessions’ ignorant, arrogant and insulting sentiment stating otherwise is wrong, dead wrong.

I urge you to join me in contacting our Senators to question these views. 

Millions of Good People do use marijuana! Millions of them.

While over a ten-year period, 8.2 million marijuana arrests; almost nine in 10 were for possession alone.

Raised in Auburn, Alabama, where my dad was a research scientist at the USDA lab there, my formative years in the South taught me to respect women and to never, never let an affront to one’s wife go unchallenged.

Jeff Sessions in insulting my wife has, by proxy, insulted millions and millions of others, too. They are Good People who use marijuana. After eight decades of marijuana prohibition, America’s voters, state-by-state, they are regaining their freedom through the ballot box. Unless he clarifies otherwise, Jeff Sessions’ views on cannabis law reform make him unfit to become America’s next Attorney General.

Join me in sharing these views with our federally elected officials. 



—these are folks are just like millions and millions of other cannabis using Americans—


17 thoughts

  1. I am a lifetime marijuana consumer/patient. Not only has marijuana expanded my mind to accept diversity, and see things as all connected, but it has helped me create a peaceful outlook and broaden my understanding of love. I really think that a good part of my moral aptitude, and my universal outlook can be attributed to my marijuana use. Like the millions of other folks out there who use marijuana, we are good people. How dare Sessions insult and demean the entire marijuana community, like a bigot out of touch with reality and afraid of something he obviously does NOT understand?

    The more I think about Sessions being AG, the more I think it could be a good thing even if he goes off the rails and attacks. Any crackdown by Sessions is going to appear as a hateful attack completely out of step with the very professional, and profitable legal marijuana infrastructure. If Trump stands idle and lets hundreds of dispensary, magazine, advertising, banking, laboratory, commissary, farming, etc. jobs go down the drain because of old 80s drug war rhetoric, then folks will see with their own eyes that the people in charge are CRAZY CONTROL FREAKS THAT THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN YOU AND ME. Not one freedom loving American, especially those who enjoy the inventory and convenience the legal marijuana industry NOW provides, wants to turn the USA into a oppressive and restrictive country like Russia!

    Bring on the clown Sessions. The country will see right thru his act and make Trump look like a business fool who wants to rape and pillage (think raid and forfeiture) the hard work of entrepreneurs who have taken risks to build a marijuana infrastructure that any other legal industry would be proud of. I say bring it on Sessions! You will be the poster child for the end of the prohibition of cannabis.

    1. Jeedi,
      Agreed, all things are connected. Can we persuade the general progressive community of this idea? If so, we could become an actual community with a united goal (a broader social justice), instead of a set of isolated causes (marijuana legalization, BLACKLIVESMATTER, gay rights, voter rights, etc.) I believe this is the only viable path forward under a Trump administration.

      Do we marijuana legalizers have as much strength in our convictions as Cornell William Brooks, president of NAACP? According to Kim Chandler (AP), “The national president of the NAACP and five others were arrested after staging a sit-in Tuesday at the Alabama office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, the nominee for U.S. attorney general, the civil rights group said.
      “We have an attorney general nominee who does not acknowledge the reality of voter suppression while mouthing faith in the myth of voter fraud,” NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said by phone earlier in Tuesday’s protest. Brooks called Sessions a poor choice to lead the U.S. Justice Department.
      “We all are aware of the laws of trespass. We are engaging in a voluntary act of civil disobedience,” Brooks told the officers who arrived at the scene.”
      (end of news except)

      Clearly, the NAACP and NORML are on the same side here. On a superficial assessment, the two organizations have different objectives: voter rights, and marijuana legalization. But scratch the surface, and you will find that we are both fighting for social justice. This thinking extends to gay rights, and many other progressive organizations. We need to officially join forces, and consolidate for power. It’s the only way to achieve a long-term progressive environment in which we can all survive and thrive.

      And, finally, this is why I reject Trump supporters who say things like, “Trump will leave marijuana alone; he’s just going after immigration issues.” If we buy into this line of shit, we will be divided, and conquered.

      1. The attack is on the liberal agenda. As a pot smoking, bisexual, non-religious, non-material, Obama loving Democrat I feel as if the incoming administration only wants to wipe us out. The Republicans don’t want to repeal Obamacare because they have a better plan. NEW CONSERVATISM, which btw Russia loves, is no solution, it is tearing down of Obama’s legacy and some USA freedoms.

        They are calling us snowflakes and crybabies because they want to tear down the protection that Obama created. Eight years of pent up hate now has a leader… “how dare Obama let gays get rights, and pot smokers get dispensaries, and free health care for the worthless poor people of color. Eight years of “he can’t say radical Islam!” It’s radical people stupid, not the religion that radicalizes. But imagine hoards of haters who have been swelling with rage for their day. They want to show all of us diversity lovers and acceptance freaks that their conservative view is the ONLY WAY. So they build walls and maybe even prisons. Lock up pot smokers, lock up women who get abortions, throw out a particular nationality, restrict a particular religion, don’t let gays marry, repeal free health, stop giving to the poor. This is our future over the next four years.

        Perhaps Trump will continue to be a maverick and see the value in legal marijuana for the above ground economy. Because if he lets Sessions, who might be on a mission from God to stop marijuana, loose to tear down the wholesale and retail infrastructure of thousands of jobs, billions in potential tax revenue, etc, all because he thinks pot smokers are not good people and wants to save everybody from themselves because he is a perfect southern gentleman, god fearing religious, church going Christian who does not believe in sin. And for some strange reasons, Sessons has not done any research lately on marijuana to know that it is no longer considered the devil in 2016.

      2. Thank you for using the phrase “liberal agenda.” For the political right, the phrase represents their fear and paranoia about a largely non-existent liberal conspiracy. I say, let’s do just that! We on the political left must indeed conspire. We must make their worst paranoid nightmares come true! For the political left, the phrase “liberal agenda” should embraced, not denied. “Social Justice” should be our battle cry!

  2. If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.

  3. I do not believe Trump will allow a crackdown on the states which have legalized since he campaigned saying he wouldn’t and its a horrible situation financially which I’m sure he understands. That being said I’d rather avoid the chance all together, choose someone besides Jeff Sessions or have him come out and say he will not go against the will of the people if elected.

  4. Sessions is against legalizing marijuana for either recreational or medicinal use. “I’m a big fan of the DEA,” he said during a hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee.[91] Sessions was “heartbroken” and found “it beyond comprehension” when President Obama claimed that cannabis is not as dangerous as alcohol.[92] In April 2016, he said that it was important to foster “knowledge that this drug is dangerous, you cannot play with it, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about… and to send that message with clarity that good people don’t smoke marijuana.” – Jeff Sessions The Good

  5. Sessions will be confirmed and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. Democrates took away the ability to filibuster. There are Republicans in both the House and Senate who wish for complete removal of marijuana from scheduling by the Federal government (Rand Paul, Justin Amish, Thomas Massey)

    The reality is that if marijuana laws were going to be changed at the Federal level, they already would have been under this liberal administration. If you want real marijuana deciminalization, you have to do it at your state and local level.

    This article is completely baseless and is nothing more than pandering.

  6. I have on my own been contacting those that I believe could help stand in the way of Sessions.
    Rand Paul Doesn’t really like either him or Pompeo, so he may help block him of vote no on both.

  7. I wrote to senators Cantwell and Murray of Washington State this morning and asked them to oppose the nomination of Sen. Sessions. Ultimately I think Sessions will be appointed, but feel it is worthwhile, as Washingtonians have fought so hard for legal cannabis. It’s a good reminder to our elected officials that we value what we have obtained and recognize a threat when we see it.

  8. not sure if my comments are getting through or not but on the other same story about sessions it doesn’t seem so but since one did here I will say it here. Remember when the left was in power and the right turned to constitutional sheriffs and tenth amendment ones? Well…. Turn about is fair play. I say look into the local sheriffs even if they appose legalization they may stand with you to stop the feds enforcing these unconstitutional laws. Seriously The sheriff can and has been able to tell the feds to take a hike if and when they try to shut down a grow or business.

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