Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions Says “Good People” Don’t Smoke Pot

This Tuesday, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) hosted a Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing to discuss the effects of legalized pot in states like Colorado and Washington, and how the DOJ has been monitoring them.

The hearing was criticized due to the fact that only those opposed to legalization were invited to attend.

During the hearing, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)–who is reportedly Donald Trump’s number one advisor–lamented the fact that this trend of legalization in certain states is totally undoing all his hard work of “trying to send that message with clarity that good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

I am ok with that. Are you ok with that? I think we’re all OK with that. I mean, jeez, I’m sorry that Sen. Sessions wasted all that time trying to send such an idiotic message, but that is his fault, not ours. I don’t even smoke pot, but I am damn sure that doing so would not make me a bad person, nor has it ever occurred to me that this would be the case for anyone who does.

Sessions then said that “the result of that, to give that away and make it socially acceptable, creates demand and results in people being addicted or impacted aversely.” He did not follow that up with any kind of warning about how it could lead to hanging out with jazz musicians or dirty hippies, but I am pretty sure he wanted to.

I feel the need to point out that alcohol is a lot more addictive than marijuana is. You can only be psychologically addicted to pot, but alcohol addiction is physical, can lead to psychosis, and if you go cold turkey, not only can you get the DT’s, you can actually die. And alcohol is totally legal.

Of course, as you might imagine, that was not the only ridiculous thing said in this meeting. Feinstein (whom I am very disappointed in) stated that marijuana use has “escalated dramatically in the states that have legalized marijuana,” which is not in fact true.

Grassley stated that people who were “addicted” to pot were also more likely to be addicted to heroin. Now, this does make sense, but only because it’s fairly unlikely that someone is going to be like “Hey, I love shooting up, but smoke marijuana? Never!”

Perhaps the next time they convene this caucus, they can just show “Reefer Madness” and call it a day.

[ThinkProgress]
[US News]