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During a Tuesday House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) pressured Attorney General Jeff Sessions to clarify his belief that “good people” don't use marijuana.
“You said one time that good people don't smoke marijuana,” Rep. Cohen asked. “Which of these people would you say are not good people?”
Cohen proceeded to rattle off a list of politicians who have admitted to smoking marijuana at one point:
“Is John Kasich a good person? George Pataki, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, George Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger or Judge Clarence Thomas — which of those are not good people?”
Sessions responded by dodging Cohen's specific inquiry and attempting to add proper context to his previous statement:
“Let me tell you how that came about, Congressman ... Part of that is a cultural thing. I explained how when I became United States attorney in 1981 and the drugs were being used widely, over a period years it became unfashionable, unpopular ... and it was seen as such that good people didn't use marijuana. That was the context of that statement.”
Cohen also pressured Sessions to clarify his stance on the dangers of marijuana. In a March speech to a group of law enforcement officials, Sessions suggested marijuana was only “slightly less awful” than heroin.
Rep. Cohen: Marijuana is not as dangerous as heroin, correct?
Sessions: I think that's correct.
— Andrew Rafferty (@AndrewNBCNews) November 14, 2017
Sessions's latest stance on the dangers of marijuana seems to align more closely with the settled science on the matter.
Watch the entire fiery exchange below.
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