The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and its supporters on Monday, January 9, will participate in a “Day of Action” to mobilize opposition to the appointment of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General.
“Senator Sessions’ views are out of step with mainstream America and they are in conflict with the laws of over half of the states,” said NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri. “We must demand that Senators ask this nominee whether he intends to respect the will of the voters in these states, and whether he truly believes that no ‘good people’ have ever smoked pot and, if he truly believes such an outrageous claim, he should not be the next Attorney General.”
Participants from all over the country will be flooding their Senators’ phone lines. They will demand that if Senator Sessions refuses to agree to respect state marijuana laws, members of the Senate should refuse to confirm him as Attorney General. The effort will be promoted online with the hashtag #JustSayNoToSessions.
If confirmed by the US Senate, Sen. Sessions will have the power to roll back decades of hard-fought cannabis policy gains.
He will have the authority to challenge the medical marijuana programs that now operate in 29 states and the adult use legalization laws that have been approved in eight states.
The Drug Policy Alliance, like NORML, is urging people to ask their Senators to oppose the Sessions nomination.
“Jeff Sessions is a drug war extremist with a career-long history of racist comments and actions,” said Bill Piper, senior director of National Affairs at the DPA. “In recent years, Sessions played a critical role in blocking efforts to reform sentencing policy, asset forfeiture, and marijuana laws.
“We will do everything we can to stop his confirmation,” Piper said.