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Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday pledged aggressive criminal prosecution of drug dealers and gun-toting felons to combat what he described as a troubling rise in violent crime.
“I am determined that this country will not go backwards,” Sessions said as he addressed law enforcement officials in Richmond. “President Trump gave us a clear directive. It’s the policy of this administration to reduce crime in America, not preside over an increase in crime, but reduce crime.”
“The crime rate in our country remains at historic lows,” the attorney general acknowledged in his remarks. “But we’re beginning to see an increase again.”
He attributed that increase to less forceful prosecutions and lower sentences, a declining prison population and a growing opioid epidemic. He also said that “in this age of viral videos and targeted killings of police,” police officers in many communities were afraid to do their jobs.
The solution, Sessions said, is to “hammer” drug dealers and other criminals while bringing back the drug abstinence campaigns of the 1980s and 1990s.
“We have too much of a tolerance for drug use,” Sessions said. “We need to say, as Nancy Reagan said, ‘Just say no.’ There’s no excuse for this, it’s not recreational. Lives are at stake, and we’re not going to worry about being fashionable.”
Sessions scoffed at the idea, promoted by some doctors and researchers, that medical marijuana can be used as an alternative painkiller to prevent or treat opioid addiction.
“I’ve heard people say we could solve our heroin problem with marijuana,” he said. “How stupid is that? Give me a break!”
After his speech, Sessions told reporters he believed “medical marijuana has been hyped, maybe too much.” He added that his office may rethink parts of an Obama-era policy that largely allows individual states to legalize marijuana use.
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: Krazysh0t
Have to wonder, if you crack down on all the drug dealing what will all the alphabet agencies associated and up to there neck in such nefarious activities do considering the loss of revenue stream?
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan
The doe eyed moron that less than half of the voting public actually voted for, appointed this doe eyed moron because he likes people who make him feel intellectually superior by comparison.
And now, states which are actually doing rather better as a result of legalisation of the ole Mary Jane, are going to suffer. Businesses are going to get shut down, or have to move, states are going to take sudden, MASSIVE hits to their pockets, because Sessions by all accounts, appears ready to rip up the relaxation of rules pertaining to weed, thus embuggering the economies of several states, just because he cannot get his head out of the nineteen fifties.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
originally posted by: olaru12
Time to invest in the private prison industry.
You wanted a businessman for president....surprised?
I didn't want a businessman for president...