Virginia: Jeff Sessions Says Marijuana Is "Only Slightly Less Awful" Than Heroin
By Derrick Stanley
In prepared remarks for a speech to law enforcement in Richmond today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said "dependency" on marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin.
Sessions addressed the group: "I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use. But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana – so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful. Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life."
He said he supports a renewed drug awareness campaign on the "terrible truth about drugs" much like the ones started decades ago.
He continued: "In the ’80s and ’90s, we saw how campaigns stressing prevention brought down drug use and addiction. We can do this again. Educating people and telling them the terrible truth about drugs and addiction will result in better choices. We can reduce the use of drugs, save lives and turn back the surge in crime that inevitably follows in the wake of increased drug abuse."
Sessions told reporters on Monday that he thinks “medical marijuana has been hyped, maybe too much.”
Jim Borghesani, spokesman for the campaign that legalized recreational marijuana use in Massachusetts, said in a statement today that Sessions' remarks were "absurd and contemptible."
Boeghesani said, "Sessions’ archaic sentiments on marijuana are absurd and contemptible, but the larger trouble area is his ability to put DOJ resources to work counteracting voter-approved policy in legal states. So far I’ve seen no official indication from Sessions or President Trump of such action. So, I remain cautiously optimistic that Trump is going to honor his campaign rhetoric about letting states determine their approach to marijuana policy."