Jeff Sessions Continues To Speak On Marijuana Without Facts
With both Jeff Sessions and Sean Spicer working under President Trump, the certainty of cannabis legalization is very unclear. Spicer is said to be in support of the Trump administration to be in support of medical cannabis and allow the states to regulate recreational marijuana. However, Sessions has always voiced his antiquated opinion on cannabis and its effect on personal health.
"Our nation needs to say once again that using drugs is bad; it will destroy your life," Session said in a speech in Richmond, Virginia. "I reject the idea that we're going to be better place if we have more marijuana. It's not a healthy substance, particularly for young people." He went on to call the legalization of cannabis "desperate."
After Sessions' speech, the Bloomberg Intelligence Global Cannabis Index, which includes 51 cannabis-related companies, dropped 2.4% after being up 26% from last year until yesterday. Representatives of the cannabis industry disagree with the U.S. Attorney General's statements. "With over 600,000 arrests a year, the only thing life-wrecking about marijuana is its prohibition," stated Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Jeff Sessions' opinions of cannabis are contradictory to the promises he made prior to confirmation of his job in office. He told Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado there would be no major changes to the federal policy against marijuana. However, he says now that he does not care about going with the flow of the country's trends. "We're not going to worry about being fashionable," he stated.
Should Sessions decide to keep marijuana on the list of Schedule I drugs, he would definitely be going against the majority of Americans in support of cannabis. Quinnipiac University released a poll that found 71% of voters feel, "the government should not enforce federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized medical or recreational use."