Sessions Does The Usual: He Tries To Lie Out Of It
Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) just burned Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a notorious pot-hater, for his “Good people don’t smoke marijuana” comment.
Rep. Steve Cohen just burned Jeff Sessions on his ‘good people don’t smoke pot’ comment pic.twitter.com/yLsLI1LUgh
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November 14, 2017
‘Which Of Those Are Not Good People?’
“You said one time that good people don’t smoke marijuana,” Congressman Cohen told Atty. Gen. Sessions. “Which of these people would you say are not good people?” Cohen asked, looking at a list of prominent Republicans.
“Well, let me explain how that occurred,” Sessions squirmed. “Is John Kasich a good person?” Cohen pressed. “George Pataki? Rick Santorum? Newt Gingrich? Ted Cruz? Jeb Bush? George Bush? Arnold Schwarzenegger? Judge Clarence Thomas?”
“Which of those are not good people??” Congressman Cohen thundered.
Sessions Blames Dumb Statement On 1980s ‘Fashion’; He Said It LAST YEAR
Sessions was clearly taken aback and put on the defensive. Cohen made the brilliant move of not only forcing Sessions to defend his ridiculous statement; he also cornered the Attorney General into admitting his opposition to cannabis wasn’t based on science.
When confronted by Congressman Cohen, Sessions did his usual: He tried to lie out of it, blaming it on 1980s “fashion.” That’s interesting, since his statement was made in 2016, and is on film.
“I explained how, when I became United States Attorney in 1981 and the drugs were being used widely, over a period of years, it became unfashionable, unpopular, and people were seen and it was seen as such that good people didn’t use marijuana,” Sessions weakly claimed. “That was the context of that statement.”
‘Marijuana is the Least Bothersome of All’
Cohen, a longtime friend to the cannabis community who represents the 9th District of Tennessee, also pressed Sessions on using the Department of Justice to tackle actual drug issues in the United States.
“Put your opportunity cost on crack, on cocaine, on meth, on opioids, and on heroin,” Cohen instructed Sessions. “Marijuana is the least bothersome of all.
“Twenty-eight states or 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized it for medical purposes; eight states and the District of Columbia for recreational purposes,” the Tennessee Congressman said.
“In states where they’ve got medical marijuana, they have 25 percent less opioid use. It gives people a way to relieve pain without using opioids, which inevitably leads to death and crime. So I’d hope you’d take a look at that,” Cohen told Sessions.