Article by James McClure, Civilized
We’re wrapping up 2017 at Civilized by announcing the inaugural winner of the highly un-coveted Prohibitionist of the Year Award. There were a lot of candidates for the dishonor of being the top opponent of cannabis legalization in North America this year, but the clear winner is…
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who spouts anti-cannabis quotes like a talking ‘Reefer Madness’ doll.
Before taking office as Trump’s top law enforcer, Sessions gave us many, many memorable anti-marijuana quotes. Like that time he said “good people don’t smoke marijuana,” or when he said he thought the KKK “were OK until I found out they smoke pot.” So when he was sworn into the Trump administration last January, it looked like he might have already gone through all the crazy things he had to say about weed.
But Sessions proved us all wrong when he told people that marijuana was only “slightly less awful than heroin.” Which is like saying sunburns are only slightly less awful than having your face melt off a la ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’
Heroin killed 12,989 Americans in 2015 alone. Meanwhile, marijuana has not killed anyone, ever. Even the DEA admits there has never been a fatal marijuana overdose. In fact, marijuana could help save the lives of addicts by helping them wean themselves off heroin and other opioids. And marijuana could also prevent even more people from becoming addicts since it is a safer alternative to the prescription painkillers that cause addiction in the first place.