News flash: Jeff Sessions is not into legal marijuana. Well, maybe that’s not that much news to anyone who follows cannabis or the Department of Justice. The Attorney General is still the same guy who said “good people don’t smoke marijuana,” that cannabis is “only slightly less awful than heroin,” and who has looked into throwing a wrench in Colorado’s legal marijuana program.
The only difference now? There’s some fun video to go with all that. At a private event this summer where Justice Department interns were allowed to ask questions of the Attorney General, Sessions faced a number of hard questions about his stance on marijuana. He of course responded with smugness.
ABC News obtained the video through a Freedom of Information Act request. In it, one intern questioned Sessions on his “pretty harsh policies for marijuana and pretty lax gun control laws,” even though “statistically guns kill significantly more people than marijuana does.”
Sessions countered that the reason he supports guns is because of the second amendment, and the reason he’s pretty down on cannabis is that more fatal car accidents are now caused by drugs than alcohol. Though by “drugs,” he means all drugs, not marijuana, and by some definitions alcohol could actually be considered a drug. Dang. If only the founding fathers had put weed in the constitution, we wouldn’t be in this spot.
Another intern questioned the AG about harsh police brutality which frighten residents in the inner city. “I grew up in one of these communities,” the intern, who said he’s a student at the University of California at Berkeley. “I grew up in a project to a single mother. And the people who we are afraid of are not necessarily our neighbors but the police.”
Sessions basically mocked the intern for bringing it up and ignored the serious problem of police killings by saying that “that may be the view in Berkeley, but it’s not the view” elsewhere. He said at another point that cities such as Baltimore and Chicago are seeing a severe rise in crime because of an increasing scrutiny of law enforcement which is why they have “abandoned traditional police activities.”
That may be partially true, but very one-sided. And smug. And dismissive of people who live with the real fear of living in a police state where the police aren’t even there to help when something bad happens.