Sessions: 'We don't need to be legalizing marijuana'

Sessions: 'We don't need to be legalizing marijuana'
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 Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsOvernight Regulation: Trump pick would swing labor board to GOP | House panel advances bill to slow ozone regs | Funding bill puts restrictions on financial regulators Overnight Tech: Trump targets Amazon | DHS opts for tougher screening instead of laptop ban | Dem wants FBI to probe net neutrality comments | Google fine shocks tech DOJ hosts Pride party honoring transgender student from bathroom case MORE said Tuesday that he doesn’t believe marijuana should be legalized.

“We have a responsibility to use our best judgment … and my view is we don’t need to be legalizing marijuana,” he said at the winter meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General. 

“I’m dubious about marijuana. I’m not sure we’re going to be a better, healthier nation if we have marijuana sold at every corner grocery store.”

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Sessions said he saw an article in The Washington Post that said smoking marijuana could be a cure for opiate abuse. He called that argument a “desperate attempt” to defend marijuana and its benefits. 

“Maybe science will prove me wrong,” he said.

The nation’s top lawman instead called for local law enforcement to be tougher on drugs. He said President Trump has directed him to lead an effort against international drug cartels. 

“They are growing in strength ,” he said. “We got so much of it coming right across the Texas border and all across the Mexican border. We can do better. We can do better attacking the distribution networks and we have to start with state and local cases.”

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it has created a task force to reduce crime and improve public safety. Its members will include the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the director of the FBI and the director of the U.S. Marshals Service. 

Sessions said crime and drug use follow one another.