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Friday, March 17, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in remarks prepared for delivery this week that he believes marijuana is "only slightly less awful," than heroin. "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," reads his prepared statement Wednesday during an appearance with local and federal law enforcement officials in Richmond, Va. "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. Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life."

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"The statement flies in the face of the science," said Donald Abrams, a professor of clinical medicine at the University of California San Francisco, who has studied the health effects of marijuana. "No one has died from an overdose of cannabis.

There's abundant evidence that it is a useful intervention for chronic pain, and we may see it's useful in harm reduction."

In the United States, more than half-a-million people have died from drug overdoses from 2000 to 2015, and currently an estimated 91 people die every day from an opioid overdose.

In January, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a committee review of all research on the health impacts of cannabis since 1999, and reported that there's substantial evidence to suggest marijuana can help people dealing with chronic pain -- and that it could be an alternative to opioids.

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"I've been a physician for almost 40 years and I've never admitted a patient for complications from cannabis use," Abrams said.

"The number of patients we see with problems with use of alcohol, heroin, and methamphetamine is enormous. [Sessions'] statement is unfortunate and uninformed."

unfortunate and uninformed... sounds like the entire Trump admin, their voters, and their enablers and supporters.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-03-17 02:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Sessions slightly less racist than a Klan leader.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2017-03-17 07:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Sessions slightly less racist than a Klan leader."

No he isn't, he's just learned how to hide it a little better. Jeff Sessions does what no other AG could do for Trump, he illustrates who Trump really is. Sessions is Trump with a southern accent.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-03-17 08:14 AM | Reply

It's hard to believe in 2017 we could have an attorney general making comments this stupid about pot. His hysteria is straight out of Reefer Madness.

Pot is less harmful than vodka. A country that allows alcohol has no business prohibiting marijuana.

Pot has genuine medicinal use. A country that allows prescriptions of Oxycontin has no business prohibiting prescriptions of marijuana.

Until our approach to drugs makes sense, young people won't take government advice seriously. When Sessions compares marijuana to heroin, that doesn't make marijuana seem more harmful to young people who use the drug. It makes heroin seem less harmful. He's playing a dangerous game.

#4 | Posted by rcade at 2017-03-17 09:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 13

Very well put, RCADE.

#5 | Posted by LEgregius at 2017-03-17 09:14 AM | Reply

At least this is progress from Obama's DEA Chief, Michele Leonhardt. But she was an Obama appointment, so no outrage.

www.huffingtonpost.com

#6 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-03-17 09:14 AM | Reply

"But she was an Obama appointment, so no outrage."

There was plenty of outrage at the Obama administration concerning marijuana and other topics as well but in a democracy it is comparative, we choose the best of the real potential leaders not the ideal leader who can't win an election. I wanted John Dean in 2004, the media destroyed him because corporate America didn't want him. I wanted Barrack Obama in in 2008, and he won but he found that his opposition was stronger than any President in history has had to confront. I suspect his views about marijuana are different from mine due to his early years of dependence on it but I can't determine who my leader should be based on one issue. Perfection is the enemy of progress.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-03-17 09:33 AM | Reply

"When Sessions compares marijuana to heroin, that doesn't make marijuana seem more harmful to young people who use the drug. "

Don't call it a drug, that reinforces the misrepresentation put forth by the likes of Sessions.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2017-03-17 09:34 AM | Reply

Calling marijuana a drug is like calling tax cuts for the rich tax reform. Words have importance and everytime I hear tax cuts called tax reform I cringe because that is a lie.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2017-03-17 09:35 AM | Reply

At least this is progress from Obama's DEA Chief, Michele Leonhardt. But she was an Obama appointment, so no outrage.
www.huffingtonpost.com

#6 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2017-03-17 09:14 AM | FLAG:

I recall plenty of outrage, on this page and elsewhere, about the stupid stance the Obama administration took toward marijuana. In fact, it seemed to be one issue that united most of the regulars here on the DR. This stance was particularly hypocritical considering that Obama himself smoked reefer as a young man. On the other hand, the Obama administration essentially looked the other way as states began voting for legalized marijuana, taking what you might call a states' rights approach.

But right now another guy is president. And his AG doesn't seem interested in continuing that hands-off policy. So it seems to me that focusing on today would be the way to go.

#10 | Posted by cbob at 2017-03-17 10:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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"I've been a physician for almost 40 years and I've never admitted a patient for complications from cannabis use," Abrams said.

What a BS misrepresented statement.

There have been millions upon millions of accidents because of MJ use, it just has not been classified as such and to think otherwise if ignorance.

#11 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-17 10:08 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

This is like saying "Sessions is only slightly less of a pedophile than Jerry Sandusky".

#12 | Posted by Sully at 2017-03-17 10:09 AM | Reply

There have been millions upon millions of accidents because of MJ use, it just has not been classified as such and to think otherwise if ignorance.

#11 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-17 10:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

Less common than accidents caused by alcohol use, prescription druge use, cell phone use, etc, etc, etc.

#13 | Posted by Sully at 2017-03-17 10:10 AM | Reply

I am not trying to make an excuse for other drugs so it can be used as an acceptance.

I am just pointing out the fallacy of listing a stat we all KNOW to be false.

#14 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-17 10:21 AM | Reply

Until our approach to drugs makes sense

#4 | POSTED BY RCADE AT 2017-03-17 09:07 AM | FLAG:

We'll all be dead before it makes sense.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-03-17 10:25 AM | Reply

I could careless about anyone who chooses to use MJ, I do know that everyone of my business's I drug test and won't get employed if used. Also make them sign an agreement for random testing at any time. Insurance is decreased in half and accident damage is cut far more than half.

#16 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-17 10:25 AM | Reply

When I retire, I plan to partake on a social occasion, but then I won't be using heavy equipment or making huge dollar decisions.

Not saying some can't perform while using, and could post many examples of Lushes who performances are beyond belief.

Should it be legal, YES, without a doubt, should business be accepting of it, not a chance.

#17 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-17 10:28 AM | Reply

If they're accepting of legal vices like alcohol off the clock, then they should be accepting of other vices that do not impair job performance.

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-03-17 10:41 AM | Reply

"pot is less harmful than vodka"

I love vodka. But seriously......sessions is just flat out wrong. It's not about being stylish it's about not locking up thousands and thousands of young men for nonviolent drug possession charges and then ruining their lives and spending billions on the criminal justice system.

#19 | Posted by Eberly at 2017-03-17 10:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

meanwhile trump defunds opoid addiction treatment in his new budget.

#20 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-03-17 10:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"There have been millions upon millions of accidents because of MJ use"

prove it.

you are making this up.

#21 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-03-17 10:53 AM | Reply

" or making huge dollar decisions."

lets be real, you don't do that already.

#22 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-03-17 10:54 AM | Reply

If they're accepting of legal vices like alcohol off the clock, then they should be accepting of other vices that do not impair job performance.

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-03-17 10:41 AM | Reply | Flag

Nicely stated and I agree, but if 2 days later they see it in your system while on the job something is wrong.

#23 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-17 11:00 AM | Reply

" Insurance is decreased in half and accident damage is cut far more than half."

You state that as if is a fact. It's b******t.

#24 | Posted by danni at 2017-03-17 11:04 AM | Reply

"There have been millions upon millions of accidents because of MJ use, it just has not been classified as such and to think otherwise if ignorance."

B******t.

#25 | Posted by danni at 2017-03-17 11:05 AM | Reply

"I am just pointing out the fallacy of listing a stat we all KNOW to be false.

#14 | POSTED BY CRASSUS AT 2017-03-17 10:21 AM | REPLY"

Do we all know that? It seems to me that it is a question of interpretation of this statement:

"I've been a physician for almost 40 years and I've never admitted a patient for complications from cannabis use,"

I did not, on my initial reading of this and still do not, on reflection, interpret this as you do. To me the doctor is clearly referring to the direct adverse effects of the use of marijuana on the body, as a response to Sessions' assertions, among others, that weed causes " life-wrecking dependency."

You are focused on the adverse physical consequences of being stoned. I agree with you that no-one should drive, operate heavy equipment or be near a box of Krispy Kreems when stoned, but this is a different issue.

#26 | Posted by Foreigner at 2017-03-17 11:13 AM | Reply

I honestly do fear drivers who are texting far more than drivers who might have smoked a joint. As usual in America we deal with the least threat to our safety and ignore the greatest threat to our safety.

#27 | Posted by danni at 2017-03-17 11:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"but if 2 days later they see it in your system while on the job something is wrong."

define in your system.

marijuana use can be detected up to 30 days after its use, even though the effects wear off in a few hours.

cocaine use can be detected only 2-4 days after its use.

alcohol isn't tested for unless its in your blood, which means you drink right before the test.

Your answer is extremely simple and useless.

#28 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-03-17 11:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

lets get back to how trump is defunding opoid addiction treatment.

any talk of marijuna in the face of that is hypocritical and dishonest.

#29 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-03-17 11:23 AM | Reply

Nicely stated and I agree, but if 2 days later they see it in your system while on the job something is wrong.

#23 | POSTED BY CRASSUS AT 2017-03-17 11:00 AM | FLAG:

As Klifferd accurately noted, your statement is dumb. Metabolites can be in your system with zero impairment.

The only questions worth considering is "impairment at the time", and "continual impairment that effects long term job performance".

#30 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-03-17 02:59 PM | Reply

Is this what you voted for trumpers?

I get that you don't mind his lies, his cruelty, or his stupidity, but did you want:

The continuation of the failed drug war?

A white house full of goldman sachs bankers?

Coal companies dumping toxins into the waters?

Taking insurance from the sick and poor?

A new nuclear arms race?

Pouring YOUR money into the wasteful military?

All I remember hearing was jobs jobs jobs. You got conned by the most obvious con man in the world. Congrats on your stupidity.

#31 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-03-17 03:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

marijuana is slightly less awful than heroin the same way that water is slightly less awful than everclear

#32 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-03-17 03:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Jeff Sessions is slightly less awful than....
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..
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never mind

#33 | Posted by bocaink at 2017-03-18 01:11 AM | Reply

Republiclowns are slightly less harmful than heroin.

#34 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-03-18 11:07 AM | Reply

Sessions is an idiot produced by the anti-pot government back in the day.

Here's my problem, we had a president for the last 8 years that could have done something about it and he chose to take the same approach as -------- did. Obama even publicly stated it was less harmful that alcohol but yet, refused to do anything about the scheduling of mj.

The next problem is that we know Hillary was no better. When asked how she felt about it she pacified listeners with "we should do research" as an answer. She's no different.

If you're going to point fingers at the dumbasses responsible for this nonsense be sure to you get them all pointed out.

#35 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-03-19 07:28 AM | Reply

wouldn't it be awful if we lived in an adult world?

having to trust your fellow man....

helping and not hurting.....?

I know, right, that would be terrible.....

#36 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-03-19 08:38 AM | Reply

I've conlcuded that those most against legalization are those making the most money as a result of the products being illegal.

#37 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-03-19 02:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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