Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Donald Trump Will Overrule Jeff Sessions On Criminal Justice Reform

A new day, and a new way Donald Trump has found to stick it to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. By this point, this acrimonious relationship has been well established. Sessions appears on the hot seat, up against it wherever he turns in Washington. Should the cannabis community even worry about the Sessions, once heralded the enemy of legal marijuana everywhere?

Probably not, based on recent comments from Trump. Should Sessions try to block any efforts in overhauling the criminal justice system, he’d be overruled by Trump himself.

“If he doesn’t, then he gets overruled by me,” Trump said during  when asked during an interview with Fox & Friends regarding Sessions’ possible opposition to reform.

“There has to be a reform because it’s very unfair right now,” the president added. “It’s very unfair to African-Americans. It’s very unfair to everybody. And it’s also very costly.”

Previously Trump had been swayed by Sessions to delay criminal justice reform until after the midterm elections. But thanks to advocacy from senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, Trump has changed course once again. This, ostensibly, was what Trump’s meeting with Kanye West and Jim Brown was all about.

“Jared Kushner has kept the president in the loop and today’s statements by the president are indicative that he’s interested in this issue and is the one that will make the final decision,” a source told The Hill.

This news is of particular interest for the cannabis community. Why? Because it coincides with rumors that federal cannabis reform could be coming from the White House. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CO-D) even hinted that federal medical marijuana legalization is a possibility under the Trump administration. Whatever reform could be on its way, however, there’s one thing known for sure—Sessions’ role in all of this will be effectively neutralized.


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