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Twittarians Expect Trump’s Pot Plan to Totally Trigger Jeff Sessions

The Associated Press on Friday reported that President Donald Trump is considering a plan to scrap federal marijuana laws and to leave pot regulation to the states.

The clouds of smoke some people are envisioning are not those emanating from a Woodstock reunion, but rather from the ears of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The vulgarity picked up from there:

The vulgar language did get worse. We won’t keep embedding. People have made their point(s), and the point(s) have been duly noted.

A lot of people credit Sessions with thinking that marijuana is about as evil as the devil himself (though this Family Guy spoof about an alleged “super devil” complicates that analysis). Yet Sessions’ views are a tiny, tiny smidge more nuanced. As Fortune pointed out, Sessions said during his confirmation hearing that marijuana enforcement could put a strain on federal resources. Yet Sessions has also said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and that “we need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized . . . that it is, in fact, a very real danger.” Among a Newsweek directory of Sessions’ marijuana quotes are these: “I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store,” “our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life,” and “I think one of [President Obama’s] great failures, it’s obvious to me, is his lax treatment in comments on marijuana . . . it reverses 20 years almost of hostility to drugs that began really when Nancy Reagan started ‘Just Say No.'”

Just six months ago, Sessions issued a memorandum to U.S. attorneys which said that “marijuana is a dangerous drug and that marijuana activity is a serious crime.”

As Twitter was quick to point out, Trump’s move could be another sign that he’s at odds with Sessions. Either that or he just wants to win re-election in a state like Colorado, where he lost to Clinton by about 5% of the vote, and California, where he lost to Clinton bigly — by 30% of the vote.

[Image via Shawn Thew/Pool/Getty Images.]

This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."

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