Jeff Sessions: Marijuana Is "Only Slightly Less Awful" Than Heroin
An expose, pay-for-play Jeff Sessions fights marijuana while he backs big tobacco big-time, fought lawsuits and regulations against cigarette companies, accepted their checks....
While pay-for-play Jeff Sessions fights marijuana, he backed big tobacco big time, fought lawsuits and regulations against cigarette companies, accepted their checks. What a guy.
Marijuana Is "Only Slightly Less Awful" Than Heroin
Patting your wife on the back is slightly less awful than domestic violence.
Six months probation is slightly less awful than lethal injection.
1 nanometer is slightly smaller than the diameter of the known universe.
The Planck length is slightly smaller than the multiverse.
An apple is only slightly less squarish than a banana slug.
A robbery is only slightly less unexpected than the Spanish Inquisition.
A black hole is slightly deeper than Uranus.
Sitting down after a long shit is only slightly less painful then getting anal raped by a cactus
Heroin is only slightly less awful than Jeff Sessions.
Germicide is only slightly less awful than genocide.
Jeff Sessions is only slightly less awful than Dr. Mengele.
In a statement that only the Forrest Gumps of the world can manage, Jeff Sessions stated that Marijuana Is "Only Slightly Less Awful" Than Heroin. Jeff's legacy of crony diatribe is met here with instant Karma.
BLATANT DIATRIBE HYPOCRISY
"Jeff Sessions is a liar. He doesn't care about public health. He's been in bed with the tobacco industry since 1996. Surprise! He's actually been a lobbyist for the tobacco industry,my suspicions that Jeff Sessions is the result of a mad scientist trying to personify the fifties with a living organism.
Of course Jeff is lying and the statement makes no sense what so ever. Nonetheless, let's smash the argument into a million tiny pieces, and then proceed to rant, rave and have fun with it. All, of course all these words are at Jeff Sessions expense, its his Karma. For Jeff is in a long line of politicians, who treasure their legacy, a legacy that comes right at the end of the corrupt American Empire.
"What exactly does Tin Hat Jeff mean by "marijuana is slightly less awful". When was the last time you ever saw some smoke pot and beat his wife? or crash the car, or die from overdose. Not once in your experience right? Ya right." - Johnny Rodriguez
Like yeah sure, illegal heroin and opiate abuse accounts for thousands of deaths per month for each state with a population more than 4 million. Meanwhile, marijuana counts for none. In every state where marijuana has been legalized, drug over deaths went down, DUI went down, domestic violence went down, and even consumption by early teens went down. Yeah Jeff, it is so awful that marijuana is associated with good things, in virtually every measurable statistic, statistics - that are kept by the state no less.
Then there's the fact that the Israeli medical marijuana foundation research was financed in no small part by a grant by the Federal Government. Of course, Jeff Sessions ignores the fact that the US patent office has granted hundreds of medical marijuana patients, with the US government themselves holding a few. Game - Set - Match. You're outta here.
"Jeff Sessions was on the payroll of Big Tobacco, fought against people who claimed cigarettes ruined their health. Jeff Sessions, the U.S. Attorney General, had some typically harsh words about marijuana today, at a time when legal pot supporters in Massachusetts and elsewhere are on high alert over how the new government will treat the drug." - Source
"We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities... We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did." -John Ehrlichman, former aide of President Nixon
"If you fear stupidity, you'll fear Jeff Sessions." - Johnny Rod
In prepared remarks for a speech to law enforcement in Richmond today, he outlined his stance on marijuana use, which he has long opposed, saying that “dependency” on it is “only slightly less awful” than heroin.
"I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use. But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. 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."
OK, let's let Jeff have the stage, here we go.
????? In the ’80s and ’90s, we saw how campaigns stressing prevention brought down drug use and addiction. We can do this again. Educating people and telling them the terrible truth about drugs and addiction will result in better choices. We can reduce the use of drugs, save lives and turn back the surge in crime that inevitably follows in the wake of increased drug abuse. ?????
????? 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.?????
You want to say that Sessions' only research into the matter was watching Reefer Madness a couple of times, but his track record is that of a shill.
"We will show them this by destroying the lives of people who smoke pot. That'll show them how dangerous it is." - Tin Hat Jeff
Are you done yet Jeff? Done like dinner? No matter, let Americans chime in in response.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
People have literally gotten life sentences for selling dime-bags to undercovers. Jeff Sessions is absolutely right that marijuana will ruin your life. He just failed to mention the part about how that's only true because of the Draconian laws prohibiting its use and distribution.
Didn't that Nixon aide admit that the purpose of the drug war was to crack down on minorities and poor white liberals as a means of attacking their political enemies?
Ayep, that's the quote I appreciate you digging it up. That, combined with painting them all with the "communist" brush, is how the War On Drugs was fought.
That's just a scary, incredibly misinformed, statement that ignores the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of adults who smoke weed regularly and live perfectly normal and productive lives.Edit: it also ignores the millions of instances of people who had their lives ruined due to alcoholism, which is perfectly legal.
But didn't you hear about the most tragic case of the young boy who murdered his entire family with an axe while on drugs. Seriously though, I thought the real enemy in that movie was the gang member who held the kid captive and smoking weed all day so he didn't go to the police about murder. Not your average stoner situation. By making it illegal they created that black market. Making the situation of a gangster getting kids high in the movie more likely.
Making the situation of a gangster getting kids high in the movie more likely. And gangsters who sell drugs are only slightly less awful than child rapist/murderers, so lock them all up for as long as possible, and use them as slave labor....I, I mean, rehabilitate them by forcing them, I mean provide activities for them to do, such as manufacturing goods, to occupy their minds and help them become upstanding members of society.
Imagine if every heroin user switched to weed? That's a bad thing in the mind of Jefferson. Beauregard Sessions
Ever get that moment when you've smoked a bowl and it's some fire shit and you get stuck for a moment and totally lose all your hearing and freak the fuck out screaming until your buddy is like "bro wtf" and you look at him and say "omg i can hear you" then with red stoned eyes he goes "i didn't say anything", and you're minds blown.
The problem I've noticed is that when you are in real pain you don't seem to get the high from the drugs that you do when you're fine and use them recreationally. When I was being treated for cancer last year I was in terrible pain and they gave me a ton of stuff including morphine, fentanyl, and oxy. I thought to myself well having cancer sucks but at least I'll get to ride the high of all these drugs, not once did I feel high, I was kinda bummed but at least they helped manage the pain.
Exactly. After a recent critical injury, opiates allowed me to tame the pain and get a bit of normalcy back in my life. There is no high when they're treating such pain.
This is actually a big problem and part of why the DARE program failed. When kids are told ALL drugs are equally bad and super evil, they believe it. Then, when they see the older kids or uncle willy smoking pot and being fine, they're like "huh, maybe it's not so bad." Then once they try it and are fine, they go "well, if they lied to me about pot, maybe they lied about cocaine!" So then they try that, and realize it's a bit more hard core, but not nearly the "death and doom" they thought it would be. So then they go "well if those aren't bad, what's all the fuss about heroin anyhow?" ...aaaaaaaand then their life is ruined.
Absolutely. That logic got me to try cocaine (although thankfully I did not do it again). You're told that everyone who takes any illegal drug is a "junkie", and that taking any drug even once will instantly get you so addicted that you'll be prostituting yourself the next day to buy more. When you find out that this is nonsense, why should you trust anything adults have told you about drugs?
My aunt and adult cousin had been tasked with preparing Easter baskets for us kids on Easter Eve. Well they decided to get their job done early and I woke up around midnight and saw the dining room table flush with candy and baskets. I look over and see both of them watching TV....and suddenly everything I knew was a lie. If the Easter Bunny wasn't real...then Santa was a sham too. Later that day my mother joined the rest of the family and I asked for confirmation....and on that day, in the shallow end of the swimming pool, my mother's little boy became a jaded middle aged man. Fuck Santa and the Easter Bunny....I can buy all the Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs I want now.
Weird thing is I did too, but I like cocaine. I can take it or leave it, it really isn't a big deal to me like the try it once and you're a hopeless junkie drug that they made me believe it was.That said, with the amount of famous people who've died from a heroin overdose, I can't see myself ever trying that. It would be nice if they were just honest with us about drugs and what they're actually like, and let us make up our minds for ourselves. Fuck Jeff Sessions. He's exactly the kind of piece of shit who has no business telling anyone else what they should and shouldn't do.
All it takes is understanding the science behind an opiate withdrawal to truly fear ever being addicted. That's the kind of stuff we should be educating: the class should be called Erowid and you just study the side effects of drugs.
Yeah. Like someone up there said, if they were honest about drugs they could tell us how horrible heroin could be without trying to get us all to think pot is just as bad. When will idiots like Mr Sessions (who with a last name like that, should be a pothead himself) learn that prohibition doesn't work? Abstinence, drug/alcohol prohibition... zero tolerance is stupid 99% of the time.
Its because Jeff Sessions is a notorious shill for big tobacco. This isn't about trying to protect anyone and is about appeasing the people who have funded his campaign.
Why does big tobacco hate weed? The two aren't incompatible. People don't quit tobacco for weed. Some people will smoke weed when they're quitting cigarettes because it's also something else you can smoke that relaxes you and has a psychoactive effect. But it's not like, "Hey, I discovered weed - I don't need tobacco anymore." It's not a replacement but a way of coping with the stress of quitting. And it usually doesn't work. If anything, it seems like selling legalized weed would represent a natural evolution for the tobacco industry. Tobacco is dying as a major industry no matter what at this point.
From the short amount of research I have done on the issue it seems the overall consensus is a number of lobbies don't want it legalized for a number of reasons. Law enforcement doesn't want it because they make bank on seizure of assets/property and make money based on incarceration as well. Law enforcement is definitely a business as another redditor pointed out. The tobacco and alcohol industries don't want it either, based on a fear of competition (even though their losses are more minimal or would be.) Big pharma doesn't want it because they actively prescribe meds like hydrocodone and other opiates like candy. (Learned this from a work related injury on two separate occasions. Was prescribed ridiculous amounts of painkillers. For a relatively minor injury.) So you have a ton of lobbyists who actively do not want legalized marijuana, or even medical marijuana. So you have rich guys who have in essence bought Jeff Sessions to be their voice in congress who are actively trying to get him to use his influence to stop the push for legalization. So there you have it. Lobbyists want their point of view represented and if Jeff Sessions won't then they will donate to his political enemies who most likely will.
I'm hesitant to believe it's anything more educational than putting more money in his pocket than pharmaceutical companies can. Cliche I know, but they do know how grease a wheel and we are directly in the middle of cannabis transitioning into regular use. I might be paranoid but when I see outlandish statements like this I feel like nobody's that dumb someone must be getting paid.
You and me both, my friend. ...but I do know a bunch of older people who generally bought into the whole drugs are bad, m'kay mentality, and I don't know what this turd's investments look like, but I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out that big pharma has been good to this clown.
Yet those older people are hooked on painkillers from their doctor, and clearly show addict behavior. It happened with my aunt, and, in my own personal experience, the easy access to them fed into my own issues with them. Marijuana should be no more of an issue than alcohol (honestly, and I'm biased as a stoner, but it did be less of an issue), while opiates need more attention, but there's too much money in pharma, and, sadly, marijuana has never quite shaken the stigma and stereotypes that got it criminalized in the first place.
Since you're on the devil's weed and are now as morally bankrupt as a rapist, I choose to discount your opinion you marijuana injecting hippy-criminal-commie!
It isn't just about the profit chain (which is indeed a big part of it) but it's also a massive authority training game.
1) Starkly define a boundary against a culture or growing norm (young people & marijuana use is equivalent to all opioid use).
2) Instigate an us vs them mentality regarding the boundary across other issues (drug use makes you a criminal equivalent to the worst criminal offenders).
3) Normalize punishment regimes with disproportionate consequences for curiosity (mandatory minimum sentences).
Now you have a no-no zone in normal day life. Reefer madness style. If you use drugs, you're breaking laws, ruining your community, and destroying your family.So don't question it, follow these laws, be good, fear the consequences of defiance.
If the state can carve that territory in the minds of its citizens on one issue (easy to do drugs because the US is normalizing their use without the government's approval) then you can use that social imprint elsewhere, like in starting wars. Or racially identifying labor or crime problems...or your beliefs in privacy.
It's not just about making money. It's about turning free thinkers, and those willing to question the justice of these laws into enemies of the state. It's about killing personal accountability and individual judgement making and becoming social drones.
Don't smoke weed. We said it was bad. It is bad because the punishment is horrible. If you question this, you probably question America, why aren't you a loyal citizen?And this isn't tin-foil. This was how we approached drugs before the run up to the drug war. It's dangerous for a government to have unenforceable laws on the books because it undermines the rest. Conversely if you kill a sense of exploring the consequence of an unenforceable drug law you kill the sense of exploring other potentially unjust laws....this isn't about weed. It's about our American traditions of civil disobedience.
John Ehrlichman, who served 18 months in prison for his central role in the Watergate scandal, was Nixon’s chief domestic advisor when the president announced the “war on drugs” in 1971:
“You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
Thank you for this. I hadn't intended to minimize the issue so much as to ignore the inherent power struggle associated w/ the authority. This is definitely an important piece of the issue to not only educate people on, but keep at the forefront of discussion. Pointing out the finances is an easy way to get people's attention, but this gets more to the heart of the issue where people need to decide whether they stand for themselves or not.
Prohibition does work though. Just not the way they want you to believe. What works is that is sends billions of dollars in to the pockets of the private companies who own the prisons, etc. It's working quite well actually.
They know. Calling Sessions an idiot makes it harder to fight people like him, and then emboldens the people that don't dislike him to further cement that view. These guys did not get to a position of power and influence by being idiots. They did it by serving 'the party.' Paul Ryan knows his healthcare plan is stealing from the poor to give to the rich, but it's doing that job that elevates his power and influence. Sessions knows weed is harmless next to heroin. He's not an idiot. He has a constituency. Law enforcement is one of those constituencies. Conservative Christians another. These politicians have actually no positions personally. It's entirely subjective: who's paying for my campaign, which supporters of the party want what so I can attain more power and influence, more lobbyist dollars, etc. They started down this path based on ideals most likely, but it's all garbage by now. The system right now is inherently corrupt and against the best interests of the common people. Idiots like Sessions will learn when the system changes. Which it won't.
See, growing up in my black communities, when you get to a certain age you realize that pretty much everyone agrees in your community weed aint so bad, but the mere mention of heroin is a scarlet letter, crack too. so at least you know which one are the really fucked up ones.
Unfortunately we might need to wait until this fucking generation of politicians and the next one retires until we can have a decent discussion about drugs.
i just had never heard of or seen any drugs. they looked pretty cool when an officer showed us her stash. i can see how the program could backfire & get kids to actually try all that stuff.
The south park ep where the school brings in anti smoking activists was awesome. They didn't make smoking look cool but made not smoking look like you would be a total loser.
Another great one is my future self and me. The parents hired junkies to pose as future time traveling versions of their kids who destroyed their lives with drugs. Probably my favorite episode.
What I took from the DARE program was an education on each drug. After the course was through, it was very obvious: marijuana is the drug to try.
I would say LSD is the drug to try. Pot is the drug to use semi-regularly.
Dare failed because they said accurate shit sometimes. Kids/Teens see the facts on pot, LSD, and mushrooms and think "why is this illegal."
Prohibition that once targeted Germans, and Irishmen got replaced by prohibition that fucked over blacks, hippies and zoot suit mexicanos.
I injected a whole marijuana and lived, I think I could do a whole heroin since it's only slightly more awful.
We went from colds to multiverse theory. Well done Reddit. Human strength is almost as strong as Kryptonian strength.
The Planck length is slightly smaller than the multiverse your mum.
Jeff Sessions just admitted that he's only slightly more intelligent than fecal bacteria.
Slightly more intelligent but infinitely less useful.
I wouldn't rule out fecal bacteria being more intelligent. There's research out there suggesting we're basically puppets being manipulated by our poop.
No puppet, no puppet! You're the poop puppet!
I was thinking hemorrhoids, but i think you really nailed it there.
For some reason your comment made me uncomfortable.
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