Trump taps Justice Department veteran William Barr as attorney general

President Trump said Friday he is nominating William Barr – who served in the first Bush administration – to replace former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was an outspoken critic of marijuana legalization.

Barr, who served as attorney general for two years under late President George H.W. Bush, was known in the early 1990s for a tough approach toward drug offenders.


“As contrasted to Sessions, who had a rich history as a drug warrior and firmly held beliefs to fully enforce the federal law, (Barr) will be more moderate. He brings no agenda,” Pennsylvania cannabis attorney Steve Schain said.

“He may reflect the current administration’s unclear and often contradictory positions regarding the Controlled Substances Act enforcement and the long overdue removal of marijuana from Schedule 1 (of the Act).”