During a Feb. 27, 2017, meeting with reporters at the U.S. Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a new explanation of his views on marijuana and federal law.
“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, according to a Feb. 27, 2017, article at Politico. “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.”
He went on to say there is “real violence” involved in marijuana trafficking.
“Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved,” Sessions said.
He also suggested he approves of Nebraska’s lawsuit against Colorado. Nebraska officials want to hold Colorado responsible for marijuana coming into their state.
“I’m definitely not a fan of expanded use of marijuana,” he said. “States they can pass the laws they choose. I would just say it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.”