Jeff Sessions used inaccurate facts to criticize pot legalization, state officials say

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/08/07/jeff-sessions-used-inaccurate-facts-to-criticize-pot-legalization-state-officials-say/


Washington state officials are calling out Jeff Sessions for using questionable facts about marijuana.

Recent statements from Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson say that Sessions used unreliable statistics to judge the impact of cannabis legalization in Washington, reports Vice News.

“It is clear that our goals regarding health and safety are in step with the goals Attorney General Sessions has articulated,” said Inslee in his personal statement. “Unfortunately, he is referring to incomplete and unreliable data that does not provide the most accurate snapshot of our efforts since the marketplace opened in 2014.”

Sessions incorrectly assumed in a July letter sent to Ferguson and Inslee that Washington’s medical marijuana program is in a legal “grey” area due to a “lack of regulation and oversight.” However, the state passed a law to regulate the medical market in 2015.

Sessions also cited statistics from the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which has had issues with accuracy in past claims.

“Misleading information does not produce good policy,” Ferguson told Vice News. “If Attorney General Sessions is willing to review the complete, current, and accurate data, he will see Washington state’s system is meeting federal priorities.”

Sessions has unleashed a plethora of anti-marijuana sentiment throughout his political career, including support for weed-related death sentences, as well as describing cannabis as “slightly less awful” than heroin.

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Oscar Pascual

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