At a speech today in Virginia Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he believes medical marijuana has been “hyped”, and that marijuana is only “slightly less awful” than heroin.
During a speech to law enforcement – the full text of which can be found on the Department of Justice website – Sessions stated; “I think medical marijuana has been hyped, maybe too much.”
Sessions also remarked that he rejects “the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store”, and said he’s “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.”
Sessions saying nonfatal marijuana is “slightly less awful” than heroin, which took the lives of at least 12,000 people in 2015 alone, is clearly ridiculous, and a clear example of how ignorant he is on the issue.
Despite these remarks, and a plethora of other negative comments Sessions has made about marijuana, he apparently reassured several senators before his confirmation that there won’t be a federal crackdown on marijuana. Whether or not he keeps his word, however, is anybody’s guess.