Justice

Our Next Attorney General Has A Troubling Stance on Marijuana...

January 29th 2015

By:
Matthew Segal

President Obama's nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, is currently making the rounds on Capitol Hill in an effort to be confirmed by the US Senate as Attorney General Eric Holder's successor.

She has an impressive resume -- a former federal prosecutor and current US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, President Obama has stated that "it's pretty hard to be more qualified for this job than Loretta Lynch."

But in an exchange with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) yesterday, she espoused a particularly troubling (and somewhat antiquated) line of thinking on marijuana legalization. You can watch here:

The exchange:

Sessions: Do you support legalization of marijuana?

Lynch: Senator, I do not.

Sessions: I know the head of the DEA, who is a little bit out of step with some in the administration, I think, agreed with you on that. The President said this in January of last year: "I smoked pot as a kid and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don't think it's more dangerous than alcohol." Do you agree with that statement?

Lynch: Well, Senator, I certainly don't hold that view and don't agree with that view of marijuana as a substance. 

Except President Obama is right. Marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol. In fact, drinking 10 times the recommended serving of alcohol can be fatal, while one would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of THC in a joint to risk death. The general public understands this:

Alcohol Seen as Bigger Danger than Marijuana