‘It Will Destroy Your Life’
March 15, 2017
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to crack down on drug use, including marijuana, sowing fresh seeds of doubt about the future of the legal-cannabis industry.
“Our nation needs to say once again that using drugs is bad; it will destroy your life,” he said in the speech to law-enforcement officials in Richmond, Virginia. “I reject the idea that we’re going to be better placed if we have more marijuana. It’s not a healthy substance, particularly for young people.”
The Bloomberg Intelligence Global Cannabis Index, which includes 51 cannabis-related companies, fell as much as 2.4 percent after Sessions made the comments. It had been up 26 percent this year through Tuesday.
Sessions said on Wednesday that he doesn’t care about being in step with trends.
“We’re not going to worry about being fashionable,” he said.
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Sessions said in a statement that he was “astonished” by suggestions that medical marijuana could be a cure for the epidemic that’s ravaging the U.S,, telling reporters that medical use of the drug has “been hyped, maybe too much.”
The the only way to end the opioid and heroin crisis is through tactical criminal enforcement, better treatment options and stronger prevention efforts, not by offering addicts something that’s “only slightly less awful,” like legal marijuana.
“I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use. But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And 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 said. “Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.”