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"Give me a break", he said during his speech, which again lumped together drug use and an uptick past year in violent crime.

"When I met in my communities, the people in those communities pleaded with us to have more police and do a better job of getting thugs off the street", he said. Research published on the federal government's own DrugAbuse.gov website finds that states with medical marijuana programs have reported "reductions of 16 to 31 percent in mortality due to prescription opioid overdoses, and 28 to 35 percent in admissions for treatment of opioid addiction".

In contrast, the CDC webpage for heroin specifies that the drug is "highly addictive" and that overdose can cause shallow breathing, coma, and death. "I'm astonished to hear people say we can solve our heroin crisis by having more marijuana", Sessions said.

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The many angry Twitter users who voiced their frustration with the attorney general will likely hope that Jeff Sessions' personal view on marijuana won't be included in any future educational programs. Pointing to former first lady Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign, Sessions called marijuana a "life-wrecking dependency" that is "only slightly less awful" than heroin. In February, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he anticipates that states will be subject to "greater enforcement" of federal marijuana laws. "I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store", the attorney general said. "We can do this again", reads the of Sessions" prepared speech, which he veered from at times.

Recalling his own time as an assistant USA attorney in Alabama, Sessions said "the people in those communities were pleading with us to.get the thugs off the street".

"Educating people and telling them the bad truth about drugs and addiction will result in better choices. Lives are at stake, and we're not going to worry about being fashionable".

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But if Sessions wants to educate Americans on "the bad truth" about drugs, he should probably start with himself. As anyone who has ever lost anyone to heroin addiction can attest, marijuana is absolutely in no way "slightly less very bad".

Phillip Smith is editor of the AlterNet Drug Reporter and author of the Drug War Chronicle.

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