U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Arizona on Tuesday. While speaking at Luke Air Force Base, he seemed confused with the increased attention his commentary has received.
Sessions still believes that marijuana is a dangerous drug, according to The Daily Caller. Sessions said, “When they nominated me for attorney general, you would have thought the biggest issue in America was when I said, “I don’t think America’s going to be a better place if they sell marijuana at every corner store.” But the public disagrees, and Sessions has noticed. He said: “(People) didn’t like that; I’m surprised they didn’t like that.”
When speaking on immigration, AG Sessions did say that the wall that Trump wants built along the Mexican border would cut down on the amount of illegal drugs coming into the country. On April 3, four Governors sent a letter to Sessions requesting that he leave marijuana policy adoption up to the states.
Not all of the governors who signed the letter were supportive of legal marijuana, but the revenue and decreased law enforcement costs prove to be beneficial to those states.
Should Sessions decide to continue the war on marijuana prohibition, it could cost the industry hundreds of thousands of jobs. Those jobs were created in an industry that supports itself and is boosting local economies. New Frontier Data says that there could be as many as 250,000 marijuana industry jobs by 2020 if the Trump administration leaves it alone. The same report indicates that by 2024, the marijuana industry could be 800,000 jobs strong.