Jeff Sessions once supported a bill that called for executing marijuana dealers. Jeff Sessions feels that ‘good people don’t smoke pot.’ Unfortunately, Jeff Sessions is now the United States Attorney General. Since getting affirmed, Jeff Sessions has been pretty quiet, especially on the topic of marijuana policy. That ended yesterday when Jeff Sessions crawled out of his hole and started spouting off reefer madness, trying to tie marijuana legalization with violence. Reaction was swift from the marijuana community. Below is a response of Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority, followed by a response from NORML:
“By talking about marijuana and violence, the attorney general is inadvertently articulating the strongest argument that exists for legalization, which that it allows regulated markets in a way that prohibition does not. The only connection between marijuana and violence is the one that exists when illegal sellers battle it out for profits in the black market. A growing number of states are showing that legalization is generating revenues, creating jobs and reducing crime. The Justice Department should uphold President Trump’s campaign pledges to let these voter-approved laws be implemented without federal interference.” – Tom Angell, Marijuana Majority
Washington, DC: Speaking to the press at the Department of Justice, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions stated, “Most of you probably know I don’t think America is going to be a better place when more people of all ages and particularly young people start smoking pot,” and ”Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”
Unfortunately, Mr. Sessions has his facts wrong.
“Attorney General Sessions’ latest comments are completely fictitious, they describe a reality that only exists in the world of alternative facts. Marijuana legalization has not lead to increased violence, but rather has lead to lowered youth use rates, increased tax revenue, and fewer arrests of otherwise law abiding American citizens. The truth is that legalization is working and the views recently espoused by Attorney General Sessions are reckless, irresponsible, and outright false,” responded Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director.
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