Jeff Sessions Called Marijuana â€˜Slightly Less Awfulâ€™ Than Heroin
Last month, reports surfaced that the administration was expected to announce a crackdown, possibly even linking marijuana usage to violent crimes. It was a stance that echoed Sessionsâ€™ own, staunch views on marijuana usage â€“ the attorney general previously having called the plant a life-wrecking dependency â€œonly slightly less awfulâ€ than heroin.
Now, the Associated Press reports, the prosecutors and federal law enforcement officials that make up the federal task force have â€œcome up with no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney generalâ€™s aggressively anti-marijuana views.â€
The AP received portions of a report â€œnot slated to be released publiclyâ€ confirming the information, which encouraged â€œofficials to keep studying whether to change or rescind the Obama administrationâ€™s more hands-off approach to enforcement â€“ a stance that has allowed the nationâ€™s experiment with legal pot to flourish.â€
Don Murphy, the director of conservative outreach at the Marijuana Policy Project, hailed the reports in a statement. â€œThe task forceâ€™s recommendations reflect the fact that the Dept. of Justice has more important priorities than harassing legitimate, taxpaying businesses,â€ he said.
â€œIn states that have approved marijuana for medical or adult use,â€ Murphy continued, â€œthese businesses are creating jobs, generating revenue, protecting consumers, and making their communities safer.â€
Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey introduced legislation this week to eliminate marijuanaâ€™s status as a Schedule 1 drug, decriminalizing it at the federal level.
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