Article by Kyle Whitmire, AL.com
Sen. Jeff Sessions has made it clear, he’s against marijuana legalization.
When Jeff Sessions sits before his colleagues in the United States Senate for his confirmation early next year, you’re certain to hear again about a joke he told decades ago. It came up in his last confirmation hearing in 1986, when the Senate rejected his appointment to the federal bench.
Paraphrasing here, but what Sessions is said to have said went something like this …
I didn’t think the Klan were such bad guys until I found out they smoked marijuana.
Sessions has said that he meant it as a joke and that it doesn’t in anyway reflect how he feels about the hate group. To be certain, though, Sessions will be grilled on his attitude toward civil rights.
But there’s another thing here that means a lot for a Trump Justice Department — the end of that joke, marijuana.
While Sessions’s attitude toward civil rights enforcement is up in the air, his thoughts on drug enforcement are clear. Sessions believes strongly that marijuana is an evil substance and that the Obama administration’s enforcement of drug laws has been weak. Now that Sessions could be in the driver’s seat at the U.S. Justice Department, that could soon change.
Sessions is on the record saying that the “Just Say No” prevention campaigns from 30 years ago sent the right message and that good people don’t smoke pot.