According to an internal video obtained by ABC News, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions took part in a heated exchange with Department of Justice interns this summer over policing, gun control and marijuana policy.
For years Sessions has been ardently against marijuana legalization. Famously, Sessions once said that he thought the Ku Klux Klan was okay until he learned that they smoked marijuana. With his appointment as attorney general, many have feared a federal crackdown on states with legalized marijuana.
In the video, a Department of Justice intern asks Sessions why federal laws are tougher on marijuana than on guns when guns kill more people every year than marijuana. Exasperated, Sessions said that the question was comparing “apples and oranges” and asked whether the intern knew what the Second Amendment was.
“I intend to defend that Second Amendment. It’s as valid as the First Amendment. So that’s my basic philosophical view about it,” Sessions said. “Look, there’s this view that marijuana is harmless and it does no damage. I believe last year was the first year that automobile accidents that occurred were found to have been caused more by drugs than by alcohol.”
Sessions went on to say the American Medical Association was “crystal clear” on marijuana’s harm and asked whether the Department of Justice intern agreed. When she replied “I don’t,” Sessions mocked the intern’s response.
“Okay, so Dr. Whatever Your Name Is, you can write to AMA to see why they think otherwise,” Sessions said.