As Donald Trump’s administration takes shape, one group is already mobilizing to take action against a key selection and the presumed resulting legislation.
With recreational marijuana legal in eight states, and medicinal marijuana lawful in 28 states, the burgeoning $6.7 billion marijuana industry is experiencing rapid growth in revenues and job creation. And the future looks bright: Nationwide polls affirm widespread support for ending federal marijuana prohibition, and as many as five states will ponder legalization in coming legislative sessions. Arcview Market Research recently projected the industry could generate an estimated $21.8 billion in retail revenues by 2020.
But when President-Elect Donald Trump named Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as his Attorney General nominee, it sent shivers through the industry. Sessions has called legalization a “tragic mistake,” criticized the 2013 Cole memo directing the Department of Justice not to enforce federal law in states where medical and recreational use is legal and said, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana” just last April.