Article by Monterey Bud, Marijuana.com
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is infamous for his low-rent disdain for science, facts, and all things cannabis. Despite his unrelenting denials that medical marijuana helps mitigate America’s opioid epidemic, – two studies published Monday suggest that Sessions is factually dead wrong.
Amid America’s growing pharmaceutical drug crisis, an estimated 115 U.S. citizens die each day from opioid abuse. And while Sessions argues that “good people don’t smoke marijuana,” those forced to live with chronic pain strongly disagree.
America’s war on drugs is a colossal failure – and everybody knows it. But as Sessions and the Department of Justice attempt to transform young men in minority communities into the next generation of inmates over cannabis, opioids have been responsible for killing more than 630,000 American citizens since 1999.
An awkward truth for Sessions: The pharmaceutical plague of addiction and overdose is fueled by opioids, heroin, and fentanyl – not marijuana.
As Sessions threatens to throw those states with progressive marijuana policies under the federal bus of the Controlled Substance Act, more than a few congressional leaders are standing up and asking that he and the DOJ stop escalating the failed war on drugs.