Despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, Attorney General Jeff Sessions commented that marijuana users and heroin addicts are basically the same.
“I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana — so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful.”
Sessions went on to advocate a return to the 80s, and to push a hard line stance on educating younger Americans to the “terrible truth on drugs.” This despite 20 different studies that have proven that the education programs had no direct effect on declining drug use on teens during the 80s and 90s.
Via Scientific American;
The decline, such as it was, did not stem from the government telling people that drugs are bad. Teenagers who participated in Drug Awareness Resistance Education — the once-ubiquitous “D.A.R.E.” seminars, with their sassy t-shirts and red-lettered cop cars — “were just as likely to use drugs as were those who received no intervention”
Even law enforcement has become increasingly critical of the continuing prosecution of Marijuana related crimes in recent years. Kim Ogg, Harris County, Texas District Attorney has taken a stance directly opposite to what Sessions claims.
We have spent in excess of $250 million, over a quarter-billion dollars, prosecuting a crime that has produced no tangible evidence of improved public safety. We have disqualified, unnecessarily, thousands of people from greater job, housing and educational opportunities by giving them a criminal record for what is, in effect, a minor law violation.”