Jeff Session again betrays his medieval marijuana mindset in a speech given to law enforcement. "If this was just a one-year spike in violent crime, we might not worry too much". It's fairly customary for the 93 USA attorneys to leave their posts once a new president is in office, and many had already left or were making plans for their departures.
In a shift from the decades-long states' rights dogma championed by the former Alabama senator, Sessions said there is a need for federal involvement in ordinary crime-fighting. A revival of these policies, which Sessions also promoted earlier in March, likely means that harsh punishment of adolescents and lifelong consequences of criminalization for people of color will become a byproduct of this Trump administration strategy.
"The crime rate in our country remains at historic lows", Sessions acknowledged in his remarks.
Hartunian was one of dozens of federal prosecutors who was asked to resign last week by Sessions. "Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life", he said. "Now for the federal government to say we're doing things wrong, or we're going to come in and take this regulation away from you without having first looked to see what we're doing is precipitous".
"[Sessions is] seeking to divide us", says Nia Ventall, an employee of Planned Parenthood who joined the protesters. "We can reduce the use of drugs, save lives and turn back the surge in crime that inevitably follows in the wake of increased drug abuse". According to 2014 Census data, more young black high school dropouts are in prison than have jobs.
"The attorney general did not mention on that call, 'Stay tuned for changes, '" Neronha said.
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Sessions also remarked that he rejects "the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store", and said he's "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 bad".
"I thank the Attorney General and the Administration for affording me the opportunity to remain as the U.S. Attorney for the District of CT so that I might complete 20 years of service to the Department of Justice in October", Daly said in a statement.
"Medical marijuana has been hyped, maybe too much", he said.
Despite the Drug War saber-rattling, Sessions proceeded to offer a vague note of reassurance on the future of state-legal recreational marijuana. He added that his office may rethink parts of an Obama-era policy largely allowing individual states to legalize marijuana use.
"I am determined that this country will not go backwards", Sessions told the group of federal, state and local law enforcement officers. When Trump's own Attorney General is telling reporters that he didn't give the President the idea that Obama wiretapped him, it is clear signal that even his own administration is trying to run away from the insane.