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WIRE: NORML corrects Jeff Sessions comments on cannabis

Washington, DC — In prepared remarks today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said:

“I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store.  And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana – so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful.  Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.”

Mr. Sessions is wrong.

“With over 600,000 arrests a year, the only thing life-wrecking about marijuana is its prohibition.” responded Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director.

Read more about how permitting legal access to cannabis is consistently associated with reduced rates of opioid use, abuse, and mortality published in The Hill by NORML’s Paul Armentano.  

For more information or interview requests, contact NORML Political Director Justin Strekal at 

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