Jess Sessions thinks the DEA is wrong about the opioid epidemic, showing, yet again, just how clueless he is about weed.
He stated, “The DEA said that a huge percentage of the heroin addictions start with prescriptions. That may be an exaggerated number — they had it as high as 80 percent — we think a lot of this is starting with marijuana and other drugs.”
The speech came during a February 6, 2018 event celebrating Ronald Reagan’s 107 birthday. The Trump Administration followed Reagan’s legacy of cracking down on drug use. Sessions says lax laws, permissive rhetoric and the media have undermined Nancy Reagan’s “just say no” message. He also referenced his recent changes to cannabis policy.
“We are not going to pretend there is not a law against marijuana. And we’re not going to pretend that marijuana is good for you, either. I don’t think it is.”
More than 40 states have some kind of medical cannabis law and nine states and Washington, D.C. have recreational weed so it seems that vast majority of the country disagrees. In fact, in states with cannabis laws on the books. The rate of fatal opioid overdoses decreased by nearly 25%. Regardless of this, Sessions seems hell bent on stopping legalization in its path.