Three Things You Didn’t Know About AG Sessions
Jeff Sessions appeared before a Senate committee on Wednesday and delivered a speech full of remarkable quotes on immigration, cannabis, and the rule of law. New York Times followed up and published a piece about Sessions, framing him as a well-intentioned but slightly lost Trump functionary. Here go three main points you should know from these events:
1. His views on cannabis are slowly evolving
According to Tom Angell who monitored Sessions’ appearance before a Senate committee, the AG’s views on cannabis are evolving. Sessions acknowledged that “there may well be some benefits from medical marijuana” and that it is “perfectly appropriate to study” cannabis.
However, he denied that a body of evidence that access to legal marijuana helps to reduce opioid crisis in the country. Despite the fact that Sessions has seen some research on the lower rate of overdose deaths in states with medical or legal marijuana, he does not “believe that will be sustained in the long run.” At least he acknowledged that the evidence of marijuana helping to relieve opioid crisis exists. It is a small improvement, but it still counts. Does it?
2. Sessions is extremely frugal
From the NYT’s profile of Jeff Sessions, we get to know that “Mr. Sessions has not sullied the administration with headlines over first-class jet travel, exorbitant office furnishings, lobbyist-furnished housing — or all of the above.” Moreover, “when his team works late, he hands out granola bars, which his wife buys in bulk at Costco.”
3. He does not trust US Attorneys
According to the NYT’s profile, Sessions said:
“I have ordered each United States attorney’s office along the southwest border to have a zero-tolerance policy toward the illegal entry. Our goal is to prosecute every case that is brought to us. There must be consequences for illegal actions.”
If it is true, the US attorney general wants the 93 US attorneys to follow his orders and prosecute every case. It reminds the approach that was employed before — zero-tolerance with drugs in the 1980s. And, as we know, it did not work well.
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