AG Nominee Jeff Sessions’ Anti-Pot Stance Praised By Florida Detox Facility
It’s not surprising when birds of a feather flock together. But it’s certainly unsettling to witness the unholy glee with which prohibitionist drug warriors are greeting some of Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominations.
A Tuesday press release from a Florida drug rehab facility approvingly notes Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions‘ staunch opposition to marijuana legalization, and happily claims Sessions, in his new role in a Trump Administration, is “likely to challenge legal marijuana.”
“While 29 states have legalized medical marijuana and a small but growing number permit recreational use, political observers have suggested the new U.S. Attorney General nominee, Jefferson (“Jeff”) Beauregard Sessions III, is likely to challenge legalization,” the prepared released notes with evident satisfaction. “Novus Medical Detox Center, a leading Florida-based drug treatment facility, shares Sessions’ concerns regarding the dangers of legalized marijuana and examines the changes that may follow his appointment.”
The release notes that “Sessions has criticized marijuana law reform as a ‘tragic mistake,’ and has openly stated that marijuana is ‘a very real danger’ that is ‘not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized.’”
“Analysis of Sessions’ nomination suggests a ‘coming war on legal marijuana‘ in which the new Attorney General ‘will be able to act decisively and quickly’ on drug enforcement, which could including [sic] arresting growers, retailers and users,” the release reads.
“Despite the legalization of marijuana in a growing number of states, cannabis is still classified as a Schedule I substance with high potential for abuse,” said Kent Runyon, compliance officer and vice president of Community Relations for Novus Medical Detox Center. “From a public health and safety perspective, Senator Sessions is justified in his concerns over the proliferation of legal marijuana,” Runyon said admiringly of Trump’s Attorney General nominee.
Runyon claimed that evidence shows “numerous downsides” associated with marijuana use and legalization; never mind that they sound a lot like Reefer Madness. He cited public safety issues such as accidents caused by stoned drivers (there are, on the contrary, scientific studies showing no impairment for experienced cannabis users) and health risks (the release cites discredited or controversial studies claiming brain damage, IQ loss, memory and learning impairment, and negative impacts on respiratory health).
He also claimed increased “harm to children,” citing cannabis-related pediatric hospital admissions. What Runyon didn’t mention was that none of these cases, as scary as they may have seemed to parents at the time, resulted in any lasting damage to any child. Further, none of them, obviously, resulted in any children’s deaths, since marijuana doesn’t, can’t, has never, and will never do that.
It’s not surprising that Runyon then claimed “increased use and dependency” on marijuana. Remember, he works for a drug detox facility, so defining cannabis use as “problematic” is his bread and butter, his stock in trade. His bogus “research” “suggests that 30 percent of cannabis users may have some degree of marijuana use disorder.” That is, of course, less than meaningless, when you’re simultaneously the person who gets to DEFINE whatever the hell “marijuana use disorder” is supposed to be, and the person who PROFITS from said definition.
“These are just a few examples of how legalized marijuana can cause more harm than good,” Runyon claimed. Bless his heart, he’s obviously feeling empowered by the fact that someone who hates weed just as much as he does is about to be in a position of great power.
“Given these findings and Senator Sessions’ vocal opposition to cannabis, it would be wise for state agencies, cannabis-related businesses and current users to proceed with caution, even in states where marijuana is presently legal,” Runyon practically crowed with glee.