President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be the next US Attorney General. Below, you'll find reactions from a number of marijuana industry entrepreneurs.
Derek Peterson, CEO of Terra Tech
"I believe that President-elect Trump is someone who has a high regard for the 10th Amendment and states' rights. This last election cycle was a huge step forward for the industry and a significant proclamation of what constituents want, which is the regulated and legalized sale of cannabis in the U.S. We would think that all appointments he makes would respect that same stance.
We now have quantifiable data points coming out of the industry and we know some of the social concerns of the past are not coming to fruition- in fact, we're seeing positive benefits from legalization, both economic and social. Significant taxes are being collected, thousands of jobs are being created, and we are experiencing less opiate abuse in states with regulated cannabis, these being just a handful of the numerous positive benefits we are experiencing around the country as a result of regulation and legalization."
Aaron Herzberg, Partner & General Counsel at CalCann Holdings
"Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is the worst pick that Trump could have made for attorney general as it comes to marijuana issues, and this selection bodes very poorly for the Trump administration to adopt a marijuana-friendly policy. It appears that he is intent on rolling back policy to the 1980's Nancy Reagan's 'just say no on drugs' days. He has displayed open hostility to efforts to legalize marijuana, recently stating earlier this year that 'good people don't smoke marijuana.' He has been extremely hostile to efforts to legalize both medical and adult use marijuana.
'You can't have the President of the United States of America talking about marijuana,' Sessions said during a Senate meeting last March. 'You are sending a message to young people that there is no danger in this process. It is false that marijuana use doesn't lead people to more drug use. It is already causing a disturbance in the States that have made it legal.' With the selection of Sessions as Attorney General, the legalization of marijuana both for medical marijuana in 28 states and recreational marijuana in 8 states may be in serious jeopardy."
Jeff Zucker, President of Green Lion Partners
"Senator Sessions has been an opponent of the cannabis in the industry in the past, and generally a proponent of the failed "war on drugs." However, should the senate confirm his position, we're hopeful that the industry's advancement, especially in the most recent election, will lead to his being open minded as to the incredible benefits cannabis is already having on the country and could eventually have on a federal level. Should he ignore the clear will of US citizens, the industry is prepared to fight for patients and citizens' rights to this incredible plant that has improved so many lives."
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