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Senator Jeff Sessions: “Good People Don’t Smoke Marijuana”


congress medical marijuanaRacist Senator Jeff Sessions who once said,”Good People Don’t Smoke Marijuana”, could turn out to be drug law reformers worst nightmare come true. Tom Angell at Marijuana.com reports that President-elect Donald Trump has offered the top spot in the Justice Department, Attorney General, to U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, an ardent opponent of marijuana law reform, several news organizations are reporting.

In his report Angell says,”If Sessions becomes attorney general, which would require a confirmation vote by his fellow senators early next year, it will likely become much more challenging for marijuana law reform supporters to encourage the new president to keep his cannabis campaign pledges.”

On April 5th, 2016 there was a hearing held in the United States Senate dealing with marijuana, and although I wasn’t there to see it in person, from what I’ve read, it was like something straight out of the 1930’s. The hearing was completely one sided, with one marijuana opponent after another being paraded in and doing their little reefer madness presentation. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who called for the hearing along with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), had the following to say at the hearing, per The Washington Postwhich it sounds like set the tone for the day:

“The Department of Justice decided to all but abandon the enforcement of federal law relating to the possession, cultivation, and distribution of marijuana.”

Really Senator Grassley? Because a quick Google News search shows that the feds just conducted raids in Colorado, and in recent weeks a very popular cannabis company in Oregon was the target of a federal investigation. I could go on and on, but I think I’ve hammered home the point. To say that the feds have abandoned the enforcement of federal marijuana law is ridiculous. There are people wasting their lives away in federal prison right now for marijuana only offenses and for Senator Grassley to suggest that those lives are not being currently ruined by prohibition is disgusting.

Those weren’t the only disparaging comments made during the hearing. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said something that offended a lot of people today. Per the same Washington Post article:

Caucus member Jeff Sessions (R.-Al.) spoke of the need to foster “knowledge that this drug is dangerous, you cannot play with it, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about… and to send that message with clarity that good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

I agree with Senator Sessions in that I too think that cannabis is not something to laugh about. But I strongly disagree with his blatantly offensive comments towards the moral character of cannabis consumers. To make such a blanket negative statement directed towards tens of millions of Americans that choose to make the safer choice should not be tolerated. Some of the nicest, kindest, most compassionate people I know are cannabis consumers. They volunteer in their communities, help the needy, live responsibly, and don’t harm anyone in anyway. To say such things about them is hurtful and irresponsible. A lot of people consume cannabis for medical purposes, and no one should ever suggest that those suffering patients are bad people by default simply and only because they use cannabis to help treat their conditions.

The ‘what about the kids’ argument was in full force, with Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson leading the charge. You may recognize his name from recent news articles, as his federal lawsuit against Colorado’s legalization law was thrown out by the Supreme Court. Mr. Peterson tried very hard to lay it on thick suggesting that legalization in Colorado has created an epidemic of stoned youth in his state. That of course doesn’t stand up against the facts. Per The Washington Post article:

But official federal data contradict Peterson’s anecdotal evidence. In the period between 2012 and 2014, monthly marijuana use declined slightly among Nebraska high school students, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, although not by a statistically significant amount. Teen marijuana use in Colorado and Washington, the two states that legalized recreational marijuana over that period, was flat.

Senator Grassley tried to blame the current heroin and opioid epidemic to marijuana legalization by stating the following:

“And just last year, the Centers for Disease Control found that people who are addicted to marijuana are three times more likely to be addicted to heroin. So if the Obama Administration is serious about addressing this epidemic, it should stop burying its head in the sand about what’s happening to its enforcement priorities on recreational marijuana.”

That claim directly conflicts with a recent study that actually found the opposite, that increased medical cannabis use by people that suffered from chronic pain resulted in less opioid use. There are real cannabis reform bills sitting in the Senate right now waiting for a hearing, namely the CARERS act and Bernie Sanders’ de-scheduling bill. But instead of having constructive conversations about those bills or about cannabis policy in America in general, Senators Grassley and Feinstein felt that a reefer madness hearing was a better idea. This is 2016. I cannot believe that the hearing that was held today seemed like a good idea to anyone. What a waste of time, and a slap in the face to the American people.


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  1. Richard Finkel on

    You’re right, it’s illegal for a reason. A POLITICAL reason, you tool! Our government has put the almighty DOLLAR ahead of public health and safety. I’m glad that YOU have no problem with narcotics, but don’t try to impose YOUR will on ME!

  2. Richard Finkel on

    If you’ve been in the company of stoned people, and you obviously don’t smoke yourself, you must be talking about your own brain dead children, who’s lack of brain cells can be explained by genetics, not a little reefer! (Finish your glass of wine)

  3. It’s illegal because a small group of wealthy people decided it wasn’t in their best interest to have it legal, and they came up with a bunch of propaganda to feed to the masses. And, you nor the senator made any distinction on marijuana uses and the users. You just painted all in a broad stroke of “weed smokers are evil”. Your right, there are people that just want to smoke just to smoke. There are also many who would like to use weed for medical purposes. Either of those reason does not make someone evil or bad. If you don’t like marijuana, stay away from the users, make inaccurate judgements from afar, and be at peace with yourself

  4. Susannadanna on

    Well, the fight to legalize marijuana preceded its medical use by a long shot. The vast majority of marijuana users are, as always, looking for a high. And most users generously enjoin the uninitiated to try it with them. I’ve always “just said ‘No.'” It’s illegal for a REASON.

    Your argument is similar to that of pro-abortion activists who argue “what about rape and incest victims?!”–when pregnancies of that class constitute a TINY percentage of unwanted babies. Most abortions are a matter of convenience, which is outrageous indeed, considering the huge array of excellent, safe, affordable contraceptives available to ANYONE who doesn’t want a child.

    I have NO problem with prescribed marijuana for medical use only–as with all other narcotics.

  5. If you think the only reason people are fighting to legalize marijuana is to “just get high”, then you haven’t been paying much attention

  6. Susannadanna on

    I agree with Senator Jeff Sessions. ANYONE who wants to alter their God-given brain with a mind-altering drug has a PROBLEM. I think such people are morally obtuse. Alcohol abuse is bad enough, we DON’T need people getting stoned! Having been in the company of stoned people, I can’t exaggerate what mindless BORES they are. And young people are at serious risk of diminishing their brains for LIFE.

  7. Yeah…I liked Trump at first when he was calling out the Bushes for the disaster in Iraq, but lately Trump has gone off the deep end. We are so screwed this election cycle.

  8. saynotohypocrisy on

    But now he’s getting ‘very disturbing’ reports out of Colorado. Who knows what the hell he really thinks, on anything.

  9. saynotohypocrisy on

    A fun line. But one reason you might want to argue with an idiot is not to convince the idiot, but to egg them on to show others what an idiot they are in their own words.

  10. Wonder what would happen if, say, Mr. Grassley or Mr. Sessions was to develop multiple sclerosis, ankylosing spondylitis or cancer. Or maybe one of their family got one of these medical conditions. Too bad y’all just screwed your own families pain relief. Oh well, one of their buddies in big pharma will be on standby to screw them for patented pain management. For mega bucks. Goodbye from Portugal ,where all drugs were decriminalized years ago.

  11. saynotohypocrisy on

    Cannabis users aren’t the majority, people who support cannabis legalization are the majority. But cannabis legalization isn’t the only issue they care about and base their vote on. And unless candidates are nominated who support reform, there’s not even anyone worth voting for in November, or just a third party candidate who has no money and no chance of winning.
    Not saying people sitting on their butts isn’t a problem, but I don’t think it’s the biggest one.

  12. PeedNUrGenePool on

    I’d be more likely to believe….

    Good People don’t become POLITICIANS…

  13. medcannabis1 on

    They are both showing signs of dementia …. they should be disqualified from holding office because of their mental health care issues

  14. saynotohypocrisy on

    Pothead is an offensive term, I take it as it’s meant, as an insult.
    But I do like the word ‘head’, as in ‘he’s a head’. It points to the all important difference between cannabis and killer alcohol, Alcohol is more of a body thing and in people who can’t handle alcohol, the normal control the mind exercises over the body is short circuited, with catastrophic results.

  15. saynotohypocrisy on

    Good people take their pledge of allegiance to liberty and justice for all seriously. Scum like John Kasich (the self-proclaimed “compassionate conservative”), Sessions, Grassley, Abbott, Scott, Feinstein, Cuomo, Wasserman-Schultz, Biden and Krispy Kreme the food junkie don’t, not even the liberty to take life saving medicine.


  17. One can only hope, or contribute to who ever is running against the old, old, old, wind bag.

  18. Jessica Reinhold on

    The heroine epidemic is from big pharmaceutical pushing its man made drugs on people, and when they can no longer get the legal man made drugs they turn to heroine. These ass face dumbasses need to get their head out their ass and stop taking kick backs from these big pharmaceutical companies. DuPont is one of those companies blocking legalization and has for many years.

  19. She got reelected in 2012… it’s a 6 year office. She won’t leave until 2018 ! Sorry…

  20. saynotohypocrisy on

    Yeah, unfortunately Feinstein’s term isn’t up until 2018. She is hopelessly bigoted against cannabis, a total fossil, like Grassley.

  21. This is an example of the old flunkies for the Oligarchs using the Babylonian Magic of the Media to tell again and again the Great Lie. The only reason folks are persecuted for pot is the Media, they constantly rerun the BlaberBlusts telling the same racist lies they told in 1937. This whole set of moral reprobates need to be impeached. They are not good people. Good people do not rob, kill and steal, then imprison other folks for a plant that is the most beneficial plant mankind has ever known. How long do we have to suffer just to please these old Demons.

  22. During a luncheon hosted by the Miami Herald in April 1990, Trump slammed U.S. drug enforcement policy as “a joke,” and argued that tax dollars from a legalized, regulated narcotics industry could be spent on programs educating Americans about the dangers of drugs and addiction.

    “We’re losing badly the war on drugs,” he said, rightly so, to the crowd of 700 people. “You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars.”

  23. Fuck em’ … it’s going to happen whether they like it or not, and they are just going to keep looking more and more idiotic especially if they continue to spread the bullshit after a full reform ; they look like a child throwing a tantrum when it what it wanted.

  24. good people don’t oppress and persecute others for what flowers they want to grow or consume!!!

  25. Tricky Ricky on

    At least Feinstein is gone after this year, but grassley is running again at 82 fucking years old. Maybe he’ll croke before the election.

  26. Closet Warrior on

    I think most politicians should get two terms…one in office then one in prison!

  27. Closet Warrior on

    I totally agree but the way things look in some states…they’re just gonna have to wait for retirement or death for some of these ignorant hardliners before New blood can fuel the fires.

  28. Closet Warrior on

    All that silly shit and at the taxpayers expense to boot, what a bat shit crazy world!!! Grassley has been sitting on the CARRERS act since it hit the table obstructing justice by not giving it a vote and Sessions is known for putting his foot in his mouth in public anyway. What a bunch of boobs.

  29. I hope this bigot get some disease that could be helped or cured by cannabis…and he should have to suffer a painful death without the use of cannabis…

    screw this guy..SMH!!!!

  30. Well here is this piece of shit’s facebook page…I say give him an earful


    Here is his contact info, if you’d like to send something more personal:


    326 Russell Senate Office Building

    Washington, DC 20510

    Main: (202) 224-4124

    Fax: (202) 224-3149


    1800 5th Avenue North

    341 Vance Federal Building

    Birmingham, AL 35203

    Main: (205) 731-1500

    Fax: (205) 731-0221

    The rest of his 6 OFFICES!! can be found below..this traitor has 6 freakin’ offices…how fiscally conservative of him…what a joke!


  31. Sharon Taulbee on

    Question: Is there any way to remove these senators from their leadership positions in the committee and have them replaced? How did we get stuck with these idiots to begin with? Did they see the proposed senate bills and volunteer to establish a cock block I mean committee just so they could prevent them from being passed?
    It would be nice if we could pass a vote of no confidence in these individuals and get them replaced.

  32. saynotohypocrisy on

    Sessions isn’t into arguing anyway. He’s into giving orders and having cops with guns enforce them.

  33. That dinosaur Diane Feinstein has to go. She is completely out of step with the wishes of her constituents. I can’t believe they keep voting her in.

  34. It is my hope and belief that one day the cannabis community will be as much of a political force to be reckoned with as the NRA.

  35. We vote in my state. That is how we legalized it in Oregon. So just keep going along with the notion that pot heads are lazy and can’t ever get anything done. Some day soon we will be running this country.

  36. Good people use facts, not just shit they pulled outta their ass. That POS needs to go and I hope the people of AL will take care of that for us. Stupid remarks actually do hurt people, good people… cannabis people.

  37. saynotohypocrisy on

    Indeed. I can’t think of any better advice to give that pathetically bigoted punk Sessions.

  38. Because the lazy/closet potheads won’t get out and vote.

    If ALL cannabis users would get off their asses ALL of this would change.

    We are the majority……of the folks sitting on their butts on election day.

  39. …not the 1st dumbass thing Jeff sessions has said…yet they keep electing him…imagine that…

  40. So, cannabis is bad and only bad people smoke it huh. Well, why don’t we just do a quick Google search of “Alcohol-related murders in 2016″…..

  41. Bin sayin’ that the quality of the opposition keeps dropping. Also bin sayin’ that if you check out the opposition they’re at the level where you wouldn’t buy a used car from any of them.
    I love that bit about ignorance is lack of knowledge but stupidity is taking pride in that condition. As the ‘don’t confuse me with the facts’ crowd dwindles and becomes more concentrated their delusions become more recognizable and more bizarre.

  42. saynotohypocrisy on

    What a slimy degenerate creep bigot Sessions is. In reality, good people don’t abuse other good people for choosing an indisputably far safer substance than the alcohol that Sessions’ buddies indulge in so freely.
    If Sessions was around during the Inquisition, he would have gleefully burned people alive for using a witch (i.e. nature based spirituality) herb like cannabis.

  43. Money and power. The only way to get that out of politics is to reduce the size of government. Less money. Less power. Crony capitalism enhances the power of the oligarchs. Socialism does the same – you just get different oligarchs.

    Crony capitalists – we are stealing for ourselves
    Socialists – we are stealing for ourselves in the name of the people.

  44. Trump could destroy Prohibition by agreeing with it:

    “Drugs are bad for people. I don’t even drink alcohol. But we should do it the right way. We need to pass a Constitutional Amendment. Just like we did for Alcohol Prohibition.”

  45. Sessions is in the Trump camp. OTOH given that Trump has destroyed the anti-abortion lobby by agreeing with them…. Who knows what will happen?

  46. Greed. The inability to accept 40 years of being wrong. WRONG. Over and over. You can tell me the earth is flat. You can keep repeating it. It still doesn’t make you right.
    I often wondered how thier ego would handle this. I’m afraid booze has destroyed thier minds. They believe and live the lie to the point they would die. Suffer. Loose thier sight. Legs what ever before opening thier minds to a canabis cure. Hate and bigotry.have infected thier souls. God help them. I cant. I’m old. Tired and sick. On top of it now I’m a bad person too.
    I hate the label pothead.

  47. James Peters on

    As George Carlin once said: ”Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

  48. David Yoseph Schreiber on

    The truth is that the users of entheogens are good people. The big prohibitionists typically are rigid minds, arrested development with some sleaze and paranoia.

  49. We’re bad people, folks. Do you hear me? WE’RE BAD PEOPLE!!!

    Seriously, my glaucoma doesn’t like Sen Sessions or the other Neanderthals mentioned here.

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