Jeff Sessions Just Confirmed He’s Going After States With Legalized Marijuana, Claims It Causes “Violence”

By Melissa Dykes

While Trump may claim he’s for states rights, Attorney General Jeff Sessions just pissed on the opinions of about 71% of Americans who do not believe the federal government should attempt to ram federal laws down the throats of states where voters have legalized marijuana.

After Press Secretary Sean Spicer essentially warned everyone last week that the Trump administration plans to crack down on states with recreational marijuana laws, AG Sessions backed that up on Monday with some bizarre statements that prove the guy actually believes Reefer Madness was a documentary.

Via Politico:

“Most of you probably know I don’t think America is going to be a better place when more people of all ages and particularly young people start smoking pot,” Sessions said during an exchange with reporters at the Justice Department. “I believe it’s an unhealthy practice and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago.”

“We’re seeing real violence around that,” Sessions said. “Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”

If there is any “violence” around marijuana, it’s due entirely to the black market created by the phony drug war, not the actual drug itself, as pointed out by chairman of the drug policy reform group Marijuana Majority Tom Angell:

By talking about marijuana and violence, the attorney general is inadvertently articulating the strongest argument that exists for legalization, which is that it allows regulated markets in a way that prohibition does not.

Prohibition keeps drug cartels in business and needlessly puts thousands of Americans behind bars.

But then again, that must be why Sessions also reversed the DOJ plan to phase out the for-profit prisons last week; they’re going to need somewhere to put all those non-violent drug offenders once the federal crackdown on a benign plant legalized in over half the country begins.

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78 Comments on "Jeff Sessions Just Confirmed He’s Going After States With Legalized Marijuana, Claims It Causes “Violence”"

  1. This stuppity never ends. Im so sick of this crap. It has nothing to do with causing violence. More likely hes paying back favores to big pharma. Ban a natural healing herb that big pharma can not compete with. Thats the trueth behind this crap. I say enough is enough, lets stand up strong and start arresting these traitors and give them the truth for a change, like at the end of a rope. keith

    • James Peters | March 1, 2017 at 10:51 pm | Reply

      I don’t support claims for medical effects that aren’t backed up with good scientific evidence, and for medical cannabis almost all claims fall into that category. That’s why I tend to view medical cannabis as a backdoor way to get it legalized. Personally I’d rather advocates drop the charade, argue for legalization, and stop with the medical nonsense.

      • Hey James, I believe theres enough evidence out there to make me a believer. How much evidence is out there that also prove that the conventional cancer treatments of surgery, chemo, radiation work are a fraud. something like a 3% survival rate going out 5 years. Its also a not funny joke that its listed as a cat.1 dangerous drug. Gee, I wonder why? Maybe so more people will never have the opportunity to get to learn how to use it. What good has this war on mj done over all. Crowd the prision system and create a for profit prision industry that has ruined millions of lives around the world. you certainly are welcome to your opinion however, keith

      • Revel in your ignorance, James Peters. I’m willing to wager you have no debilitating pain or health issues. “Medical nonsense.” How quaint. How pathetic. How ignorant. How cruel.

      • there is plenty of evidence

        • James Peters | March 2, 2017 at 8:49 pm | Reply

          Marinol, Cesamet and Syndros (synthesized cannabinoid based drugs) have been approved by the FDA and other regulatory agencies for patients experiencing chemo-induced nausea and/or vomiting who haven’t responded to any antiemetic therapies. Also for treating anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS.

          Sativex (a standardised whole plant oral mucosal spray) is approved in 16 countries outside the United States for MS spasticity. GW Pharma have received regulatory approval for an additional 14 countries as well. The company has proven Epidiolex (a proprietary oral solution of pure plant-derived CBD) works in patients with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. They are now in talks with the FDA and hope for approval of these sometime this year. They are aiming for Epidiolex to be placed into Schedule 4.

          Sativex is also being tested in patients with cerebral palsy and recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (a rare type of primary brain cancer). They are consulting with external experts and regulatory agencies on a pivotal trial for rGBM. Based on Phase III data then it could work for a subset of patients with advanced cancer who experience inadequate pain relief during optimized chronic opioid therapy. But another trial would need to be conducted to show this.

          Epidiolex trials are ongoing in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex, infantile spasms, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and schizophrenia. Then they are testing pure CBDV for Rett syndrome, focal seizures and autism spectrum disorders.

      • The direct honest approach didn’t work so we are sneaking it in this way. You could use some.

    • I saw two stoners fighting over some green onion potato chips but that is understandable

  2. UM old man, I bet you NEVER smoked any. Don’t you just love these people that never tried it but claim it’s just as bad a Heroin. HEY JEFFY go after the Heroin being shipped in by the plane loads on Air Force bases, they got bigger from the Vietnam War where they were putting drugs in the coffins that came back from Vietnam. NO ONE DIES FROM WEEEEEEEEED. YUP fill the Private Prisons back up with NON violent Weed Smokers.

  3. NJguy - Proudly Deplorable | February 28, 2017 at 12:09 pm | Reply

    Jeff, there’s so many more important things to do, why bother?

    • Yes indeed.

    • tell me please, whats more important for these politians than getting the backing and contributions for the very deep pockets of big pharma? I say to them, nothing is more important and they are and have been for a long time dancing to what ever tune there told too. I ask whos going to change this? Only thing that can would be the true patriots of america. I wait only to stand with them.The time is now, keith

  4. Common sense is so uncommon. With money as the “god” of the world – and “All’s fair in love and war – and financial matters”, the violence in drug use is connected to its profitable, illegal status. If you could find marijuana plants in the produce department of your local grocery store, any violence around it would be short-lived. And yes, it would be good to return the plant to its original state – not the “new, improved, jacked up supercharged” version. But all in all, Sessions’ logic is backwards.

    Two very wealthy elements – the pharmaceutical industry that wants to sell us its deadly remedies and black government agencies that rely on massive trade in illegal drugs – may have appealed to his sense of fairness. After all, where will alphabet agencies get their funding for nefarious projects if drugs are made legal? And where will all the pharmaceutical profits come from if the miracle healing plant of the ages is made readily available in the supermarket?

    Make “illegal” substances legal and the “violence” due to the illegal trade, will end. How very effectively public relations firms damned cannabis. Congratulations, Eddie Bernays… you have ruined countless lives with your propaganda.

  5. Wasting 54 billion on defense, and billions on pot which is not a drug

  6. Richard Wilcox | February 28, 2017 at 4:38 pm | Reply

    Sessions is correct in asserting that violence associated with criminal networks would surely be involved in the big business of recreational marijuana. Since Trump is trying to curb illegal immigration, the illicit drug trade is a big part of that problem.

    I understand Libertarians are pro Marijuana, and I respect that, but let’s face it for the most part marijuana promotes passivity and not political action, which is needed to save our country from the marauding alien invading hordes. No? Bread and circuses while the barbarians storm the citadel.

    Surely medical marijuana or all the healthy and useful aspects of industrial hemp are a different matter.

    • You are an idiot. Without a black market (legalized) there are NO CRIMES AT ALL! None. Like alcohol, you walk into a legit business and make a purchase (after showing ID). Nothing else. No criminal networks running the shops, instead legit business owners complying with regulations.

      • I mostly agree, but will point out that we would still have a prohibition on minors possessing and using pot, just like we do with tobacco and booze. So there would still be crime happening, when underage kids use pot. I’m not sure how legalization would effect youth usage. Legalization would remove some of the “cool factor,” i.e., “we’re getting away with something, and that adds to the fun.” It would probably also encourage a spike in youth gardening, especially in areas with undeveloped land in the vicinity. This might not be an issue in heavily urban areas, though.

        I’m guessing that overall, youth rates of pot use would probably stay the same, since the prohibition for them would be unchanged.

        • Look at Portugal. All drugs decriminalized 16 years ago. Crime way down, addiction treated for free with money saved, and youth use is also less.

      • I quess you mean also the phamaies being legal is all fine and dandy. I say B.S. most of the things sold are dangerous to your health. Sure its legal, but does that make it good? make it right? I dont think so, keith

    • Bill the Cat | March 2, 2017 at 9:42 am | Reply

      Richard, I’ll be kind and assume that you’re just clueless.

      The fact that weed *IS* illegal is what is driving all of the crime and a lot of illegal immigration.

      Analogy: you lay your junk on a table and hit it with a hammer…. noticing that it hurts a lot, you decide the solution is to hit it even harder. Give that a shot and let everyone know if you decide to go for a 3rd go-round.

      • Bill, I think I agree with you. If it were legal the profit in it quickly drys up and the criminals move on, leaving all us nature loving people in peace. keith

        • Bill the Cat | March 9, 2017 at 2:28 pm | Reply

          Legalization eliminates lots of ancillary issues… like putting otherwise productive, taxpaying members of society into prison and making them unemployable felons.

          It also eliminates the huge wad of untaxed cash floating around… which is used to bribe politicians.

  7. On balance, I’m pro-Trump.

    Having said that: No; I don’t support torture. I don’t support secret CIA-owned prisons. I don’t support private prisons. I don’t support the drug war which absolutely victimizes blacks and is statistically provable. I do not support US illegal aggressive wars and US state-sponsored terrorism around the world. I don’t support the giant sucking sound of a large percentage of our GDP being slurped up by the pentagon and their vassal states. I do not support apartheid, racist parasites like Israel. I do not support the Federal Reserve private banks.

    Granted, Trump is preferable to that that criminal idiot Clinton — but every day that passes — the gap is narrowed. Kinda brings into focus the fact that voting for the lesser-of-two-evils is still voting for EVIL.

    Time to flush this federal political machine.

    • Bill the Cat | March 2, 2017 at 9:33 am | Reply

      States Rights… the Federal Government needs to be a lot smaller… and mind their own business.

  8. Average Joe American | February 28, 2017 at 8:36 pm | Reply

    “Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”

    Experts, huh? Well, gee, Jeff, we’re seeing a lot of violence around another drug, too. One of the world’s major sources of this drug is a country we’ve had troops stationed in since 2001. Lot’s of violence (hundreds of thousands of casualties) and big money involved, many experts claim current use is on the rise (wonder where it’s coming from?).

    Our previous longest war on record was also a major world source of this very same drug. Lots of deaths (some say sell over a million) and big money involved there, too.

    Maybe there’s a pattern emerging. Perhaps you should check with your experts, Jeff. But as for your experts on marijuana and crime, the stats don’t support it. Who are these geniuses you’re listening to? Where marijuana is legal, drug-related crime drops. Why go out and threaten people with a weapon when you can sit home and munch home-baked back porch pot cookies, and still get up next morning and perform your day job?

    Tens of millions of everyday Americans know this, Jeff. Where you been?

  9. This guy….. Who exactly are the “experts” this administration is constantly touting? They never give names, just call them “experts”. I have yet to see or hear any back up information, you know FACTS. I live in a state where pot is legal. Our crime has not risen because of it. Give the people the facts not “alternative” ones, real ones. So ridiculous….

    • Your in for a hellva long wait for the facts from a government thats totally bought and paid for by big corporations.Aint going to ever happen. You got to find your own facts on this and everything else. keith

  10. sessions needs to be impeached from all govt jobs.

    • Along with many, many more and tried in court by some good and able prosecutors that I believe are available and probably pro bono, to boot. keith

  11. Violence? Maybe to a bag of potato chips. Let people grow their own for personal consumption and the so called POT violence AKA MONEY ARGUMENTS over black market sales would diminish!

  12. AP, what BS, you know damn well he said States could legalize if they want, however it still remains illegal at the Federal level. So, nothing has changed, same as Obama’s policy! Stop the fear mongering.

  13. This is some real “Because I said so” shyt.

  14. Jarga Kebba Gigo | March 1, 2017 at 9:52 am | Reply

    If only Obama was brave and truthful as Trump, marijuana would have been legalized at the federal level. Now the ball is in our court. They tactically criminalized blacks through marijuana laws beyond pre-employment marijuana tests. The lies against marijuana includes it ’causes terrorism’, but thousands of doctors and millions of users should bravely fight better than LGBT or suffer.

  15. tommypotatoes | March 1, 2017 at 9:58 am | Reply

    They want non-violent felons to fill the for-profit prisons. I think they are planning to use them to replace the migrant laborers, and pick crops.

    • I do believe it. keith

    • They have been renting them out to corporations as slave labor since inception under the guise of “job training”. Even sadder they are not just used as farm labor, but in factories & labs that pose risks to the public. Massachusetts governor just offered to send his state prisoners to build Trump’s wall.

  16. tommypotatoes | March 1, 2017 at 9:59 am | Reply

    That was before he was in a position to prosecute the states…

  17. We were so close to getting it legalized. So close to true progress and enlightenment. Why must these conservatives wreck everything?

    • Simple answer, for the money. they are well paid for voting for and maintaning the profits of big pharma. keith and what else? its both sides of the coin. keith

    • Bill the Cat | March 2, 2017 at 9:36 am | Reply

      I believe most drugs should be legalized… but let’s not call that “enlightenment,” OK? You’re getting stoned. Your right, but if you’ve ever listened to some stoners talk, there’s no way you can consider that “enlightened.”

      • Hey Bill, no offense ment, but get a grip, its a natural herb that we all should have a Go given right too use as we see fit. What do people drunk on any alcohol sould like? do you have any experience at all. Sir, I do, the natural herb is far more surperior in every way, every way. keith

        • Bill the Cat | March 9, 2017 at 2:34 pm | Reply

          Snake venom is “natural,” but many of them can quickly kill an adult.

          Jimson weed is “natural,” but careless use will result in hospitalization or death.

          You seem to think that because something is “natural” that it is either good for you or, at least, not harmful… and that just isn’t the case.

          Look, I’m willing to agree that you have to right to get as high as you wish, but don’t for a moment attempt to equate being a stoner to being enlightened.

  18. Robert E Gorman | March 1, 2017 at 11:37 am | Reply

    Wrong

    • No Robert this time no way jose. We gotta end this crap I say now. Lets stand up in large numbers from coast to coast and lets end this once and for all. Yea, they got weapons, but is it ever going to be easier? Not likely, right now we are at least 30years late. We gotta lay it down now. keith

  19. Timothy Vogds | March 1, 2017 at 1:34 pm | Reply

    The ignorance of government is boundless in this attempt, once again to stigmatize a harmless substance which might cut into the greedy pharma industry.

  20. reddroostermann | March 1, 2017 at 2:56 pm | Reply

    funny that a HIGH percentage of Trump supporters smoke weed .. just wondering if this will be enough for them to see wtf is going on here with this fascist police state Trump’s heralding in

  21. Defected Salvations | March 1, 2017 at 8:22 pm | Reply

    You can’t end cannabis culture! And if he tries to do this, it will back fire on Trump big time. Trump said “States rights” But, here it is – will Trump keep his word?

  22. Bill the Cat | March 2, 2017 at 9:28 am | Reply

    Siggghhhhhh….

    Senator Sessions, there is nothing about marijuana per se that creates crime. What *HAS* created a lot of crime is the insane “War on Drugs.”

    There is nothing anyone can do about people with substance abuse issues — they’re going to destroy their lives, because you can’t protect people from themselves.

    Every time the government has outlawed a substance people wanted, something worse has taken its place… over and over and over….

    Instead of weed, people are now going with “bath salts” and chewing faces off of other people.

    Instead of morphine, people are now using Krokodil and very quickly rotting apart.

    The prohibitionists have been beating this drum for about 100 years… and everything they’ve done has only made it worse.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/98bc966656dd35cbff241054f68cef32d223d9e23ac0927d7ad50914bef4f1ec.jpg

    • All they gotta do is make sure profits are made by certain people and they get re-voted in to office and all is well for them. They dont care about nothing else at all.Keith

  23. Ignorance is Bliss, or in this case: Sessions. Life must be wonderfully blissfull when you only see things in black and white. This is very disappointing from an otherwise informed man.

  24. One, two, Jeff is coming for you
    Three, four, better hide your score……

    • Hey Bill, the problem I have with this they dont have to hide theirs. Any bush, Clinton or just fill in the blank can order it by the ton and not worry for one minute. But some poor guy trying to grow a little in his basement risk imprisonment for years if not decades. Some world we live in hun? keith

  25. The best way to get rid of a bad law is to zealously enforce it. Perhaps show prosecutions of people in pot legal states would be the best way to spur Congress to repeal the federal law criminalizing marijuana.

    It seems most conservatives like the appeal of states rights, and most liberals like the idea of legalizing pot because the laws against it disproportionately punish Dem. voters. Seems like this would be a bi-partisan gimmee. Prosecuting people who are abiding by their states’ laws would put the issue front and center, perhaps forcing Congress to act.

  26. Violence….ok…… Annnnnd what about alcohol now?

  27. This Keebler elf needs to be in a private prison for lying to Congress about his contact with the Russians under oath. He & Flynn should be cellmates.

  28. the Violence around Marijuana comes from the level of Fascism the government is conducting in Providing Protection for those that ” Profit from the Poppy”. Our Troops guard the Poppy Fields in Afghanistan, our laws make illegal anything that competes with Opiates / Heroin. (Marijuana has been PROVEN to reduce Opiate / Heroin use by an average of 25% in states that have legalized some form of Marijuana). Why do you think Trump did his 180 on Marijuana. The ” Profit of the Poppy” is at the highest level of those that run America.. Higher than the White House.. the ones that own the fake Federal Reserve are the ones that Profit from the Poppy. Who else has the power to order the U.S. Military to guard thier drugs, does not take a genius to see that. NOW you see the Real Reason banks refuse to do banking business with anything that deals with Marijuana, including groups like NORML that work to change the laws, but never touches or sells marijuana. wake up folks, your Tax Dollars is paying to protect and ship into America HEROIN. about time we get mad at real things instead of always getting mad at our neighbors.

  29. Really? What pot of corn pone did this backwater hick crawl out from under? Have you never seen a Cheech and Chong movie? Haven’t they run the electric yet back up there in the hills? Are you saying that some of my constituent compatriot countrymen selected this bottomless pit of ignorance to represent them? I trust that you will rectify this grave error at the earliest possible opportunity. Don’t make me come down there.

  30. Hey eddie, Just have to tell you I love your post right here. Excellent, thank you Sir, keith

    • …sometimes I just have enough of the BS…..& I blow one out…glad you liked my rant…its also the TRUTH as far as I’m concerned…cheers
      …I just got MODERATED AGAIN for correcting a spelling mistake …priceless stupidity!…hope you wrote it down before it disappeared for the 3rd time hahahahahaha!

      • Hello EddySachs, I tried to post or reply on another browers but countnt, so I try again, keep posting Eddy, Love your post, so true. keith

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