Marijuana legalization has gained a lot of traction in the last few years. Recreational marijuana is now legal in eight states, with the potential for more to be added to the roster. Some politicians have been warming up to the idea of legalizing marijuana. But there is still an abundance of anti-marijuana politicians.
If you’re hoping to help in the legalization of marijuana, you’re going to want to know who not to vote for.
1. Pete Sessions (Texas/Republican)
The list of anti-marijuana politicians starts with a powerful figure that has a lot of control over legislation.
Politico calls Pete Sessions “Washington’s most powerful anti-pot official,” and rightfully so.
Despite the growth in public support of legalization, Sessions doesn’t believe that cannabis should be legal recreationally or medicinally.
He strongly believes that marijuana is a gateway drug. He stated as such in his speech during the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Region VI Opioid Summit at UT Southwestern on February 20.
With his position as chairman of the House Rules Committee, Sessions has the power to influence every legislation before it proceeds to the House floor. For the past two years, he has used this power to put off any cannabis-legislation that has come up for discussion.
This fall, Sessions will be attempting to defend his seat against a Democratic challenger. With the growing support of legalization, his views on marijuana may act as a downfall when the time comes to vote.