U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions took a hard-line stance against medical marijuana on Wednesday, telling reporters that use of the drug for medicinal purposes “has been hyped, maybe too much.”
Jeff Sessions, to reporters in Richmond just now: “I think medical marijuana has been hyped, maybe too much.”
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Sessions, who has worried pro-pot advocates and states where marijuana is legal for medicinal and recreational use, made the comments after addressing law enforcement officials in Richmond, Virginia.
In a speech to the officials, which focused on ways to combat violent crime, Sessions said one of the steps to improve public safety is to ensure citizens don’t start taking drugs in the first place.
“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,” the attorney general said. “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.”