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.
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.