NORML Day of Action on Monday, Jan. 9th – #JustSayNoToSessions

  • by NORML January 5, 2017

    On Monday, NORML and our supporters will participate in a Day of Action to mobilize opposition to the appointment of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General.

    Senate lawmakers will be deciding Tuesday whether Jeff Sessions is fit for the position of America’s top law enforcement officer. Unless he is willing to acknowledge that, as Attorney General, he will respect the rights of marijuana consumers in the majority of US states that have legalized the plant, we believe that he is the wrong man for the job.

    Our concern is not without merit. Senator Sessions is a militant opponent of any efforts to reform marijuana policy who once notoriously remarked that the Ku Klux Klan “was okay until I found out they smoked pot.” He is a staunch proponent of the long-discredited ‘gateway theory,’ and has called on federal officials to return to the ‘Just Say No’ rhetoric of the 1980s. In fact, he was one of only 16 US Senators to receive a failing grade from NORML in our 2016 Congressional Report Card because of statements like these :

    “We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it’s in fact a very real danger.”

    “[Marijuana] cannot be played with, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about, and trying to send that message with clarity, that good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

    Senator Sessions’ views are out of step with mainstream America and they are in conflict with the laws of over half of the states. We must demand that Senators ask this nominee whether he intends to respect the will of the voters in these states, and whether he truly believes no that “good people” have ever smoked pot.

    If confirmed by the US Senate, Sen. Sessions will possess the power to roll back decades of hard-fought gains. He will have the authority to challenge the medical marijuana programs that now operate in 29 states and the adult use legalization laws that have been approved in eight states.

    Will you join us in this important day of action? You can help us amplify our message by signing up for our ThunderClap HERE.

    What is a Thunderclap? Think of Thunderclap as a social media flash mob. Supporters can sign up to have a mass message published to their account at a coordinated date and time. Thunderclap is similar to crowdfunding, but uses social currency instead of money. Your audience can “donate” a Tweet or Facebook post to help you spread the word. Your one tweet and post can go along way in helping us bring awareness to this important effort.

    Sign up for the Thunderclap. Then, on Monday morning we will be posting in-depth directions regarding our call to action (including a suggested script for you to use when calling your US Senator) right here on norml.org . Then, on Tuesday, we will be shifting our focus to the members of the Judiciary Committee to assure that Sen. Sessions is made to defend his past statements, and is asked about whether he will respect the will of the voters moving forward.

    Together, we can make our voices heard and demand that statewide marijuana laws be respected and upheld. Stand with us on Monday to send a clear message: The incoming Attorney General must not interfere with state laws that have legalized and regulated marijuana for medical or recreational purposes.

    31 responses to “NORML Day of Action on Monday, Jan. 9th – #JustSayNoToSessions”

    1. CaptFudgems says:

      Good luck with that action thing. I have yet to see any of those change things.

    2. doug says:

      Sound good. But it wont. Change sny thing.

    3. Matthew says:

      Seriously – just stay on point. The Founders would stay on point for this topic, and so must we.

    4. Dave says:

      I keep telling all you snowflakes that Trump will be the best thing that has ever happen to legal cannabis. I have heard Donald say nothing but positive things about states rights in legal cannabis states and he is 100% behind medical cannabis. That’s hell of a lot more then we got out of 8 years of Obama. BTW: Sessions isn’t the President, Trump is. As always most of you are too short sighted, it’s wonder we have legal Cannabis any where.

      • Julian says:

        Now it is I who must question when you were made stupid or did you do this to yourself? “Appointing” is a decision. And for Presidential decisions, a cabinet appointment is more of a revelation of who financially and politically backed the campaign and who is iwed favors to. Furthermore, Trump’s attention span does not allow the mercy of thought required for Attorney General of the United States. As a result, cabinet appointees will be deciding for Trump, while Trump enriches himself on insider trade deals, which will engulf the lion’s share of his ephermal, Twitter-charactered attention. I’m sure you can understand that.

    5. Denny Strausser Jr says:

      I foresee many possibilities, if he gets in.
      I have a feeling, he’ll try to put a stop to marijuana, and it’ll end in the supreme court with states suing the US Government for the right to select their own laws regarding marijuana. I believe either-way, there will be some major changes.


      I’ll be a slow 4 years for marijuana law reform, which at its end, will result in a few more states voting toward legalization when the next election comes around.

      I do NOT believe Trump will last past one term, unless he really turns things around, and actually makes good on his, “Make America great again.”

      For some reason, I just do not expect him to be as good as the voters think he will be.

    6. Anonymous says:

      Just understand changing our government is our responsibilities it’s what the population want….

    7. Diego Quiceno says:

      Just understand changing our government is our responsibilities it’s what the population want….

    8. Diego Quiceno says:

      Remember 1863 our government was the United States of Colombia therefore will ever die…….

    9. Diego Quiceno says:

      Marijuana legalization is American history of outstanding legislative process for our people we need to be thankful of our government well it take our fear not to stand up for our decision to vote….

    10. Anonymous says:

      Senator Dick Durbin does not support Sessions.

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