Will Jeff Sessions start a war on pot smokers?

Filmmaker Craig Atkinson has released a video about Sessions' attitudes toward weed, pot smokers and legalization

Published January 27, 2017 9:58AM (EST)

 (AP/Alex Brandon)
(AP/Alex Brandon)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.


Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions will, barring divine intervention, soon become the next attorney general of the United States, the highest law enforcement office in the land. It's not a happy prospect for Cannabis Nation, and the video below encapsulates why.

Filmmaker Craig Atkinson, who brought us last year's  documentary on police militarization, Do Not Resist, has released this seven-minute video about Sessions' attitudes toward marijuana, pot smokers and marijuana legalization, as well as his laissez faire approach to asset forfeiture. The video also includes a real-world pot bust. Guess what happens to the money in the young man's pocket.

By Phillip Smith

Phillip Smith is a senior writing fellow and the editor and chief correspondent of Drug Reporter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He has been a drug policy journalist for the past two decades. He is the longtime author of the Drug War Chronicle, the online publication of the non-profit StopTheDrugWar.org, and has been the editor of AlterNet’s Drug Reporter since 2015. He was awarded the Drug Policy Alliance’s Edwin M. Brecher Award for Excellence in Media in 2013.

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