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DPA Op-ed in USA Today: Why Anti-Marijuana AG Jeff Sessions May be the Best Thing to Happen to Marijuana Legalization Movement

Tony Newman

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been one of the most vocal and vicious advocates of our country’s draconian drug war. Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, has an important, insightful piece in USA Today, where she points out that Sessions’ anti-marijuana actions are backfiring on him and may be a gift for the marijuana reform movement.

“Jeff Sessions hates marijuana. He’s made that plain in multiple colorful quotes, from stating that “good people don’t smoke marijuana” to arguing that “we need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is … in fact a very real danger.” But he may also turn out to be the best thing that’s happened to the marijuana reform movement in Washington.”

Sessions’ attacks on marijuana legalization have tried to reverse the momentum, but have instead galvanized policymakers to do more reform than ever.

Click here to read Maria’s USA Today piece.

Tony Newman is the director of media relations for the Drug Policy Alliance.

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