The Citizens Against the Legalization of Marijuana or CALM founder, Scott Chipman, joined TNMNews for an interview to express his stance on the cannabis legalization movement. He defends cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption before the consumption of marijuana. He is certain that marijuana is addictive and that it is a gateway drug. Residing in California has been a particular challenge for Mr. Chipman considering the strong advocacy for marijuana legalization in the state. Here, take a listen to the interview.
Scott Chipman is also a very large supporter of Attorney General Jeff Sessions who is the most influential opponent to marijuana legalization in the country. Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo which advised U.S. attorneys around the country to show restraint in prosecuting state legal marijuana businesses.
Sessions is backed by a minority of Americans who view cannabis as a “gateway” drug that drives social problems, such as the recent rise in opioid addiction.
“We love Jeff Sessions’s position on marijuana because he is thinking about it clearly,” said Scott Chipman, Southern California chairman for Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana.
He dismissed the idea of recreational drug use. “’Recreational’ is a bike ride, a swim, going to the beach,” he said. “Using a drug to put your brain in an altered state is not recreation. That is self-destructive behavior and escapism.”
Scott Chipman has battled with the California delivery service EAZE and argued vehemently to stop Desert Springs from becoming a marijuana mecca in California back in 2016.
The Take Back America Campaign (TBAC), and Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM) have filed formal complaints with the US Attorney, DEA and Attorney General Kamala Harris regarding Desert Hot Springs actions and intentions to become a Mecca for marijuana.
Scott Chipman of CALM says, “Public health and safety is the most important responsibility of all elected officials. Aside from the fact that marijuana is a dangerous drug in its own right, almost all of the 129 Americans who die every day started their drug journey with pot. Nothing inflicts more death, destruction or economic cost on this nation.”