By Ted Beust | Our Voice Contributor
On February 9, 2017 President Trump appointed Alabama senator Jeff Sessions to the position of Attorney General. Despite him coming off as an old-world racist who, some say, resembles the Keebler elf. His views on drugs are anything but forgiving and mirror what America saw in the 1980s under Ronald and Nancy Reagan with the “just say no” campaign. He has also claimed it’s more dangerous than alcohol because, “Lady Gaga says she’s addicted to it.”
He still believes this despite marijuana’s LDR (lethal dosage rate) of 1,500 pounds. Yes, you’re reading this correctly – in order to die from it you need to smoke 1,500 pounds of marijuana in one smoking session.
The AG’s view not only harms those who’s use is recreational, but it harms people who use it for medicinal reasons as well. Mr. Sessions wants to go after people who use medical marijuana for illnesses such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. As a guy who has epilepsy, I can say this hits close to home because I think it’s a crime that he wants to crack down on people who use either medical marijuana or CBD oil. In recent events, a 12-year-old child will be suing him because the aforementioned CBD oil significantly reduces the frequency of their seizures.
Despite these examples, he has also been caught on hot mics saying very bad things.
In his past, he has said things such as “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” This is obviously false because there are plenty of good people who have smoked a joint once in a while. But one reply to this could easily be, “Good people don’t tell other people how to live their lives.”
In 1986, when Sessions attempted to become a federal judge, he was denied because he had been accused of racial bias. He said, “I thought those guys [the Ku Klux Klan] were OK until I learned they smoked pot.”
These few examples of ignorant, unbecoming behavior show me that it is time for Jeff Sessions to be relieved of his Attorney General position. Not only due to his views on drugs, but his consistently bigoted views on race. All of this should’ve been enough for him to not even be considered.
Then again…look who appointed him.