In a testimony covering potential collusion against the US, AG Sessions still found a way to bash marijuana and legalization efforts.
In this Tuesday’s hearing, Tennessee’s Rep Cohen asked a question regarding Sessions’ previous statements on the drug. This prompted an offshoot on the topic in which he discussed the drugs comparisons to “opioids and crack”. When Rep Cohen asked Sessions to focus more on harder drugs, such as crack and heroin, Sessions simply said that he was “not as optimistic” as Rep Cohen was regarding Marijuana’s impact.
This is odd timing to be giving opinions on marijuana – considering the gravity of the topics being covered in today’s hearing and marijuana’s irrelevance to these topics – but it’s not particularly unexpected. Jeff Sessions does not have the fondest of histories with marijuana.
In April of last year, he had this to say on the potential of legalizing the drug:
We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it’s in fact a very real danger.
Former President Obama wasn’t everything marijuana supporters had dreamed he’d be for legalization efforts, but he was nonetheless a vocal supporter of the drug.
On this vocal support, Sessions had this to say:
You can’t have the President of the United States of America talking about marijuana … you are sending a message to young people that there is no danger in this process. It is false that marijuana use doesn’t lead people to more drug use. It is already causing a disturbance in the states that have made it legal.
He’s continued to blaze a path so completely against the legalization of marijuana that it contradicts even the staunchest of conservatives – the majority of which actually support legalization.
With Sessions in the crosshairs of a large-scale investigation into a conspiracy against the country he governs, it’s very interesting that he continues to so vocally disagree with those he is governing for.
It’s certainly disheartening to see a high-ranking official continue this negative tone on an issue so many American’s agree on, but with the way this investigation – and this hearing – seems to be going, we may not have to worry about what Sessions thinks about these topics for too much longer.