Alabama Sen. Calls Marijuana Legalization “Disturbance”

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During yesterday’s discussion of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) denounced the legalization of marijuana. Calling legalization “a disturbance” for the states that have reformed their antiquated marijuana laws, and claiming the plant is more dangerous than alcohol.

Annual death rate: Marijuana = 0, Alcohol 3.3 million

As this misguided observation is being offered up by the first sitting senator to endorse DJ Trump for POTUS –– we should definitely consider the source.

According to the online Congressional record, while most lawmakers were gathered to discuss the growing epidemic of prescription opioid use and the ravages of heroin addiction in the US – Sen. Sessions was more interested in casting aspersions on the Obama administration and their permissive stance on marijuana legalization.

“You have to have leadership from Washington. You can’t have the President of the United States of America talking about marijuana … you are sending a message to young people that there is no danger in this process. It is false that marijuana use doesn’t lead people to more drug use. It is already causing a disturbance in the States that have made it legal.”

If by “disturbance,” Sen. Sessions’ meant reduced DUIs, decreased crimes involving violence, and lower state prison populations – then he’s right. Marijuana legalization has definitely been disrupting the status quo.

Example: After passing and enacting Colorado’s Amendment 64, crime statistics from the City and County of Denver noted a substantial decline in their overall crime rate. Since marijuana legalization has become the new normal in Colorado, they’ve witnessed a 24.4% reduction in homicides, a 2.5% reduction in rape, and a 9.5% reduction in burglaries.

Crime statistics provided by the City and County of Denver

Crime statistics provided by the City and County of Denver

As to Trump’s first supporter and his claim that marijuana is worse than alcohol, during 2013 approximate 697,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 & 17 suffered from alcohol use disorder (AUD), and an additional 73,000 kids under the age of 18 were institutionalized for alcohol-related issues.

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.

  • Lawrence Goodwin

    Much appreciation for this excellent report, Monterey Bud. Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is hating on cannabis plants only because he wants to distract attention from a potentially major federal scandal, which is clearly described by Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey in the “congressional record” cited above (a March 7 transcript). Markey implicates the DEA, FDA and the vast majority of America’s prescribing doctors in being directly responsible for the current opioid “epidemic.” According to Markey, “Today the Drug Enforcement Administration is telling Big Pharma it is OK to make 14 billion OxyContin pills to sell in the United States in 1 year. The Federal Food and Drug Administration was also complicit, approving new opioid after new opioid.”

    Meanwhile, smug DEA and FDA bureaucrats continue to rabidly oppose the prompt restoration of America’s doctors prescribing powerful and effective extracts of natural cannabis flowers—you know, those miraculous gifts from Mother Nature that can’t be patented.

  • malcolmkyle

    Study: Cannabis Use Not Predictive Of Lower IQ, Poorer Educational Performance

    “… to test the relationships between cumulative cannabis use and IQ at the age of 15 and educational performance at the age of 16. After full adjustment, those who had used cannabis more than 50 times did not differ from never-users on either IQ or educational performance. Adjusting for group differences in cigarette smoking dramatically attenuated the associations between cannabis use and both outcomes, and further analyses demonstrated robust associations between cigarette use and educational outcomes, even with cannabis users excluded. These findings suggest that adolescent cannabis use is not associated with IQ or educational performance once adjustment is made for potential confounds, in particular adolescent cigarette use.”

    Source: C Mokrysz, et al. Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit, University College London. Published January 6, 2016 in Journal of Psychopharmacology.

    Daily Marijuana Use Is Not Associated with Brain Morphometric Measures in Adolescents or Adults

    “No statistically significant differences were found between daily users and nonusers on volume or shape in the regions of interest. Effect sizes suggest that the failure to find differences was not due to a lack of statistical power, but rather was due to the lack of even a modest effect. In sum, the results indicate that, when carefully controlling for alcohol use, gender, age, and other variables, there is no association between marijuana use and standard volumetric or shape measurements of subcortical structures.”

    The Journal of Neuroscience, 28 January 2015, 35(4): 1505-1512; doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2946-14.2015

  • Silverado

    The problem isn’t where it’s currently legal. The problem areas are where it’s not legal like In Mr Sessions home state of Alabama. I’m sure he doesn’t care about legal alcohol that’s manufactured in the southern states, his included and kills hundreds of citizens every year as surely as I type these words. And yet cannabis hasn’t ever killed anyone anywhere ever. Jeff Sessions is a symbol of the old way of doing things at best. And at worst he’s just another cannabis fascist and apparent child abuser who would gladly withhold this life saving medicine to all who would benefit but especially so with children. Or in other words he’s just another despicable authoritarian right winger who needs to be replaced in Congress ASAP.

  • MikeParent

    He’s widely known as a biggoted throwback and an ignoramus.

    • kevin_hunt

      Sen. Jeff Sessions probably thinks the repeal of slavery was a ‘disturbance’ to Alabama.

  • DennyMD

    What else would you expect from a State as backwards as Alabama…and from a Republican no less, from that shit stain on the wall called Alabama!!! If only we could prevent all of these liars from running for political office and people with questionable I.Q.s from voting…

  • kevin_hunt

    “As this misguided observation is being offered up by the first sitting senator to endorse DJ Trump for POTUS”?

    Quoting Donald Trump “Medical marijuana … medical? I am in favor of it 100 percent,”

  • Connie V. Merrihew

    So basically, Sessions is saying he just doesn’t give a damn if it saves a child and lessens their seizures or helps with the symptoms of chemo or helps with PTSD symptoms, etc. etc. Him AND Jabo Wagoner needs to GO!