While several states may have legalized some form of marijuana use, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday issued a reminder and warning: the federal law prohibiting its use and sale remains in effect.
By David Royse | LedeTree.com
During a news conference in San Diego announcing U.S. Coast Guard narcotics seizures, Sessions said he doesn’t think states should make the drug legal.
“I’ve never felt that we should legalize marijuana,” Sessions said in response to a question, according to a report by the Reuters wire service.
“It doesn’t strike me that the country would be better if it’s being sold at every street corner,” Sessions said.
Sessions more generally used the appearance in San Diego to discuss the Trump Administration’s intent to renew the “war on drugs.”
“I never felt that we should legalize marijuana… It doesn’t strike me that the country would be better if it’s being sold at every street corner.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions
“We are facing a tremendous challenge,” he said, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. “In 2015, 52,000 people died from drug overdoses in this country, numbers the like of which we’ve never, never, ever seen before.”