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WIRE: NORML responds to Jeff Sessions latest comments on marijuana

Washington, DC — Speaking to the press at the Department of Justice, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions stated, “Most of you probably know I don’t think America is going to be a better place when more people of all ages and particularly young people start smoking pot,” and “Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”

Unfortunately, Mr. Sessions has his facts wrong.

“Attorney General Sessions’ latest comments are completely fictitious, they describe a reality that only exists in the world of alternative facts. Marijuana legalization has not lead to increased violence, but rather has lead to lowered youth use rates, increased tax revenue, and fewer arrests of otherwise law abiding American citizens. The truth is that legalization is working and the views recently espoused by Attorney General Sessions are reckless, irresponsible, and outright false,” responded Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director.

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


NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.

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