NORML Responds to Sessions’ Comments on Marijuana at The Department of Justice

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Continues
to Demonstrate Ignorance and Malice in Regards to
Marijuana Reform

Washington, DC: Speaking to the press at the Department of
Justice, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions stated, "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,"
and "Experts are telling me there’s more violence around
marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved."

Unfortunately, Mr. Sessions has his facts wrong.

"Attorney General Sessions’ latest comments are completely
fictitious, they describe a reality that only exists in the world
of alternative facts. Marijuana legalization has not lead to
increased violence, but rather has lead to lowered youth use rates,
increased tax revenue, and fewer arrests of otherwise law abiding
American citizens. The truth is that legalization is working and
the views recently espoused by Attorney General Sessions are
reckless, irresponsible, and outright false," responded Erik
Altieri, NORML Executive Director.

For more information, contact NORML Political Director Justin Strekal
at 202-483-5500.