On Wednesday, Jeff Sessions, former Alabama Senator and indefatigable opponent of legal cannabis, lost his job as Attorney General of the United States. Trump, who appointed Sessions to AG upon taking office, soured toward Sessions after he recused himself from the Mueller investigation. Since that recusal, Trump has repeatedly blasted Sessions, publicly expressing his discontent with his AG. And with the hurdle of the midterm elections behind him, Trump finally asked Sessions to resign. Trump’s choice for a replacement AG, Matthew Whitaker, was a choice out of left–or in this case, right– field, and it caught many off guard. How will the new attorney general impact the cannabis industry?
Matthew Whitaker is No Jeff Sessions, but How Will He Approach Cannabis as Attorney General?
Trump appointed Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general immediately after forcing out Jeff Sessions. Whitaker was Sessions’ chief of staff. But it appears he made it onto Trump’s radar over his vociferous opposition to the investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia to influence the 2016 election. But while Whitaker’s stance on Mueller dominates the headlines, the cannabis industry is right to wonder how Whitaker differs from Sessions in terms of his views on