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Since taking office, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repeatedly taken heat for his stance on marijuana.

But over the summer, Sessions was subject to that frequent criticism from an unlikely source — a U.S. Department of Justice intern.

An internal video obtained by ABC News of a Justice Department event showed a rare unguarded Sessions freely answering questions from a group of interns.

The interns didn't seem to hold back at all, with one pointedly questioning Sessions's policies on marijuana and gun control:

“You support pretty harsh policies for marijuana and pretty lax policies for gun control. I'm not even sure where you stand on the assault weapons ban, so I'd like to know — since guns kill more people than marijuana — why harsh laws on one and lax laws on the other?”

Sessions responded to the thoughtful question by laughing.

“That's an apples-to-oranges question,” Sessions answered before asking the intern whether she was aware of the Second Amendment. “I intend to defend that Second Amendment, it's as valid as the First Amendment,” he added.

The attorney general continued by claiming that marijuana is not safe:

“There is this view that marijuana is harmless and it does no damage. I believe last year was the first year that automobile accidents that occurred were found to have been caused more by drugs than by alcohol. Marijuana is not a healthy substance in my opinion, the American Medical Association is crystal clear on that, do you believe that?”

When asked by Sessions whether she believed that, the intern responded clearly that she did not. To that, Sessions responded by referring to her as “Dr. Whatever Your Name Is” and telling her to write to the AMA about her view.

Sessions was also questioned on excessive use of force by law enforcement officers.

“As I'm standing here, I'm thinking about Philando Castile, or Michael Brown, or any of these other folks who have fallen victim to excessive force,” said one intern who identified himself as a law student at the University of California, Berkeley.

“I grew up in the projects to a single mother, and the people who we are afraid of are not necessarily our neighbors, but the police,” he explained.

Sessions interjected, saying that “may be the view in Berkeley, but it's not the view in most places in the country.”

“No, that's the view in Columbus, Ohio, where the police just recently stomped on a gentleman's head,” the intern responded.

In November, Sessions grabbed headlines with news that the Justice Department would be considering a new “rational” marijuana policy. If that is the case, his views must have evolved quite a bit since the summer.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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