Be the most informed person in the room with Newsy's free e-newsletter

View our privacy policy:

Why The Legal Pot Industry Is Afraid Of Jeff Sessions

The incoming attorney general could spell an end to the federal government's tolerance of legalized marijuana.

Donald Trump's attorney general pick really, really doesn't like weed.

"Good people don't smoke marijuana," Jeff Sessions said during a hearing on state recreational marijuana. 

SEE MORE: A Bunch Of States Just Legalized Recreational Marijuana

More than half of the U.S. has legalized or decriminalized pot use. But the drug is still illegal under federal law.

President Obama's DOJ mostly deferred to state laws on pot. The government focused on disrupting gangs and drug trafficking.

But Sessions could throw those guidelines out the window. Federal raids on state-sanctioned dispensaries could destabilize the legal weed industry.

Sessions might also block criminal justice reform efforts. That would keep nonviolent drug offenders in prison for longer.

SEE MORE: More People Got Arrested For Pot Than Violent Crimes In 2015

But the war on pot is an uphill battle these days. 60 percent of Americans support some form of legalized pot — including Sessions' new boss.

Trump told GQ, "For medicinal purposes, for medical purposes, absolutely. It's fine."

Featured Stories
A graphic of Donald Trump taking the inaugural oath

The Attendance, Cost And Other Big Numbers Behind Trump's Inauguration

President Barack Obama

President Obama's Last Press Conference Was Fully Of Worry

Rep. Tom Price

Heated Senate Hearing Focuses On Best Way To Insure America

Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More Marijuana Coverage