“One of the greatest threats to liberty has been the government taking people’s liberty for things that people are in favor of”, stated Congressman Steve Cohen from Tennessee, during a congressional oversight hearing with Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday. He continued, “The Pew Research Group shows that 52 percent of people do not think marijuana should be illegal. And yet there are people in jail, and your Justice Department is continuing to put people in jail, for sale, and use, on occasion, of marijuana.”
During the hearing, which consisted of questioning on subjects ranging from a recent IRS scandal to controversy surrounding Associated Press phone logs, Cohen took the time to grill him on an important issue – his refusal to acknowledge that the times are changing, and continuing this war on marijuana is absurd, counterproductive and opposed by a majority of Americans.
“It’s been an injustice for 40 years in this country to take people’s liberty for something that was similar to alcohol. You have continued what is allowing the Mexican cartels power, and the power to make money, ruin Mexico, hurt our country by having a Prohibition in the late 20th and 21st century.” He continued, “We saw it didn’t work in this country in the 20s. We remedied it. This is the time to remedy this Prohibition, and I would hope you would do so.
You can watch a video of Cohen’s speech below.