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Trump Declares Opioid Health Emergency; Sessions Blames Cannabis

October 26, 2017
President Donald Trump speaks during an event to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Washington. First Lady Melania Trump listens at left. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

President Donald Trump on Thursday declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency — a step that won’t bring new dollars to fight a scourge that kills nearly 100 Americans a day, but will expand access to medical services in rural areas, among other changes.

“This epidemic is a national health emergency,” Trump said in a speech at the White House, where he bemoaned a crisis he said had spared no segment of American society.

“As Americans we cannot allow this to continue,” he said.

“If we can teach young people, and people generally, not to start, it's really, really easy not to take 'em.”
President Donald Trump

Administration officials have made clear that the declaration, which lasts for 90 days and can be renewed, comes with no dedicated dollars. But they said it will allow them to use existing money to better fight the crisis. Officials also said they would urge Congress, during end-of-the year budget negotiations, to add new cash to a public health emergency fund that Congress hasn’t replenished for years.

The Public Health Emergency Fund currently contains just $57,000, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, a negligible amount. Officials would not disclose how much they were seeking.

 

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Sessions Blames Cannabis

Meanwhile, across town at a forum hosted by the Heritage Foundation, Attorney General Jeff Sessions pinned the blame on cannabis and advised Americans to heed the advice Nancy Reagan gave in the 1980s. Americans, he said, should “just say no” to drugs.  

“I do think this whole country needs to not be so lackadaisical about drugs,” Sessions said. “When you talk to police chiefs, consistently they say much of the addiction starts with marijuana. It’s not a harmless drug.”

“We’ve got to to reestablish, first, a view that you should just say no,” he said. “People should say no to drug use.”

Buzzfeed’s Dominic Holden reported on Sessions’s Heritage Foundation speech, which was scheduled to focus on Constitutional law. Holden pointed out that numerous studies found that the ‘Just Say No’ programs of the 1980s were abysmal failures. Holden writes:

Exposure to abstinence-based drug programs of the era such as D.A.R.E. — which also promoted the notion that students should simply say no — have been abandoned by many school districts amid reports the curriculum failed to reduce drug initiation or use.

A 1994 study by the Research Triangle Institute, which was funded in part by the Justice Department, found that the program had little to no impact on drug use. And in 2011, the National Institute of Justice rated D.A.R.E. as having “no effects,” adding that there was “no statistically significant impact on drug use or attitude towards drug” for students involved.

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Pelosi: All Talk, No Action

Critics of the White House policy complained that today’s action by Trump consisted of no action at all. 

Leading up to the announcement, Trump had said he wanted to give his administration the “power to do things that you can't do right now.”

“How can you say it’s an emergency if we’re not going to put a new nickel in it?” said Dr. Joseph Parks, medical director of the nonprofit National Council for Behavioral Health, which advocates for addiction treatment providers. “As far as moving the money around,” he added, “that’s like robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi also was critical, calling the new declaration “words without the money.”

Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said that Trump “continued talking about criminal justice answers to a public health problem, even though the war on drugs is itself a major factor contributing to the overdose crisis.” 

The President,Sánchez-Moreno added, “had a chance to do something meaningful to help stem the tide of overdose deaths in the country; including by pushing for greater access to naloxone and adopting other health-based recommendations from his own opioid commission. Instead, he is condemning even more people to death, imprisonment, and deportation in the name of his war on drugs.”

‘Nothing Desirable About Drugs’

Trump’s audience Thursday included parents who have lost children to drug overdoses, people who have struggled with addiction, and first responders whose have used overdose reversal drugs to save lives. The President also echoed Sessions’s back-to-the-80s advice: 

“The fact is, if we can teach young people, and people generally, not to start, it’s really, really easy not to take them,” the president said of drug use, after detailing his brother’s struggles with addiction. “And I think that’s going to end up being our most important thing. Really tough, really big, really great advertising. So we get to people before they start so they don’t have to go through the problems of what people are going through.”

“There is nothing desirable about drugs,” Trump added later. “They’re bad.”

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There’s an Ad Campaign?

Trump also spoke personally about his own family’s experience with addiction: His older brother, Fred Jr., died after struggling with alcoholism. It’s the reason the president does not drink.

Trump described his brother as a “great guy, best looking guy,” with a personality “much better than mine”

“But he had a problem, he had a problem with alcohol,” the president said. “I learned because of Fred.”

Trump said he hoped a massive advertising campaign, which sounded reminiscent of the 1980s “Just Say No” campaign, might have a similar impact.

“If we can teach young people, and people generally, not to start, it’s really, really easy not to take ’em,” he said.

Candidate Trump: Opioid Crisis a Priority

Leading up to the announcement, Trump had said he wanted to give his administration the “power to do things that you can’t do right now.” As a candidate, he had pledged to make fighting addiction a priority, and pressed the issue in some of the states hardest hit.

“When I won the New Hampshire primary, I promised the people of New Hampshire that I would stop drugs from pouring into your communities. I am now doubling down on that promise, and can guarantee you we will not only stop the drugs from pouring in, but we will help all of those people so seriously addicted get the assistance they need to unchain themselves,” Trump told a crowd in Maine weeks before last November’s election.

Once in office, Trump assembled a commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, to study the problem. The commission’s interim report argued an emergency declaration would free additional money and resources, but some in Trump’s administration disagreed.

Chris Christie: This Is ‘Bold Action’

Christie, in a statement, said Trump was taking “bold action” that shows “an unprecedented commitment to fighting this epidemic and placing the weight of the presidency behind saving lives across the country.”

Officials said the administration had considered a bolder emergency declaration, under the Stafford Act, which is typically used for natural disasters like hurricanes. But they decided that measure was better suited to more short-term, location-specific crises than the opioid problem. Drug overdoses of all kinds kill an estimated 142 Americans every day.

As a result of the public health emergency declaration, officials will be able to expand access to telemedicine services, include substance abuse treatment for people living in rural and remote areas. Officials will also be able to more easily deploy state and federal workers, secure Department of Labor grants for the unemployed, and shift funding for HIV and AIDs programs to provide more substance abuse treatment for people already eligible for those programs.

Obamacare Medicaid Pays for Treatment

Trump also directed other departments and agencies to exercise their own available emergency authorities to address the crisis.

But Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), said the effort falls far short of what is needed and will diverts staff and resources from other vital public health initiatives.

“Families in Connecticut suffering from the opioid epidemic deserve better than half measures and empty rhetoric offered seemingly as an afterthought,” he said in a statement. He argued, “An emergency of this magnitude must be met with sustained, robust funding and comprehensive treatment programs.”

Democrats also criticize Trump’s efforts to repeal and replace the “Obamacare” health law. Its Medicaid expansion has been crucial in confronting the opioid epidemic.

Adopted by 31 states, the Medicaid expansion provides coverage to low-income adults previously not eligible. Many are in their 20s and 30s, a demographic hit hard by the epidemic. Medicaid pays for detox and long-term treatment.

Sessions: ‘Do Our Best’ To Enforce Laws

Also today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions went on Hugh Hewitt’s conservative talk radio show to discuss a number of issues. Cannabis, of course, came up:

Hugh Hewitt: Let me turn to marijuana, Mr. Attorney General. A lot of states are just simply breaking the law. And a lot of money is being made and banked. One RICO prosecution of one producer and the banks that service them would shut this all down. Is such a prosecution going to happen?

Jeff Sessions: I don’t know that one prosecution would be quite as effective as that, but we, I do not believe that we should, I do not believe there’s any argument, because a state legalized marijuana that the federal law against marijuana is no longer in existence. I do believe that the federal laws clearly are in effect in all 50 states. And we will do our best to enforce the laws as we’re required to do so.

HH: But one prosecution that invokes a supremacy clause against one large dope manufacturing concern, and follows the money as it normally would in any drug operation and seizes it, would shut, would chill all of this. But I haven’t seen one in nine months, yet. Is one coming?

JS: Really analyze all those cases, and I can’t comment on the existence of an investigation at this time, Hugh, you know that, so, but I hear you. You’re making a suggestion. I hear it.

HH: I’m lobbying.

JS: (laughing) You’re lobbying.

Although a growing body of research suggests that medical marijuana is a powerful tool in preventing opioid addiction, lowering opioid dosages, and helping opioid-addicted patients move off the powerful painkillers, there was no mention of cannabis at today’s White House event.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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  • The Resistance

    This is infuriating on so many levels.

  • Louis Janney

    It will pay for itself. Under expanded RICO powers, property and asset seizures will generate billions. Anyone who grows, processes, transports, sells or buys can be said to be involved in an ongoing criminal enterprise. All your stuff was obviously gotten through this illegal trade. What’s yours is now theirs.

    • androloma

      Meh. Come and get us. We’ll be waiting. And waiting…

      • Isaac Mizrahi

        good for you, guy. really. people need to understand that they’re being used from every possible angle in that country. first they fill your head with lies, then they send you off to invade countries so that they can make MORE money…they feed you poisoned food. you get sick and they give you bogus medicine. they don’t care about you at ALL. and since they’re willing to kill, lie or anything else necessary to get what they want, it’s time people stood up to them…it’s all, OBViously, coming to a head…’america’ is on the ropes…and there are sooooooooo many good people there. don’t let these businesses dictate how you live any longer. organize. grow food. become communities and work toGETHer. wrest the control from these people. make NEW grids. and go green. good luck. i don’t live there any more.

      • nixnoutz

        Good to see you’re still participating in the forums.

  • Mike Kerr

    Sessions is clueless about drugs, addiction and cannabis

    • Isaac Mizrahi

      just as clueless as most people are to ‘why’?
      your politicians(except, sometimes, ‘grass roots’) are nothing more than business representatives…
      frontmen. you can tell where their money is coming from by their agendas.

      • disqus_PJVXNwhHEk

        I bet he has money tied up in the Suboxone business, because they’re finding that people that treat addiction with cannabis alone are having better outcomes with less chances of relapse than those on suboxone to treat addiction. Guess what kind of people start coming around when a person is on suboxone for addiction? People that like prescription drugs, and the same people who turn to heroin when they can’t find them. Addicts still inject suboxone, which can’t be done with cannabis. And a suboxone strip, according to strength, can get you anywhere from 30-50 bucks each. They come in strips of 30, that’s 900-1500 free dollars a month that goes right back onto the street to buy heroin, which is 400-800 for 25 grams. The usual dose of heroin is about 5-10 milligrams. At a 10mg dose, that means one can buy 2,500 doses of heroin for the cost of a months strip of suboxone.

        • disqus_PJVXNwhHEk

          Pot ain’t the problem!

    • disqus_PJVXNwhHEk

      Sure hope you didn’t vote for the guy that made a perjurer top cop of the land. Because you just admitted that Trump made someone clueless about drugs, addiction, and cannabis the guy that gets to decide about drugs, addiction, and cannabis.

  • ALAN GANN

    I HAVE CRPS/RSD, AM A DISABLED VETERAN AND ALL THE V.A. WANTS TO DO IS GIVE OUT MORE PILLS WHEN IN FACT CANNABIS HELPS MY PAIN AND SUFFERING MORE THAN ANY MAN MADE PILL EVER WILL!! BUT THESE RICH CORRUPT CRIMINAL POLITICIANS AND THEIR RICH BRIBERS DO NOT GET ENOUGH OF THE CUT SO THEY WILL DO ALL THEY CAN TO KEEP CANNABIS ILLEGAL!! AS WE NEEDLESSLY SUFFER FOR NO OTHER REASONS THEN THE GREED AND CORRUPTION OF CRIMINAL POLITICIANS LIKE THE TWO IDIOTS IN THE ABOVE ARTICLE!! WE NEED ACCESS TO THE WHOLE PLANT SO WE CAN LIVE WHOLE LIVES!! ALL WE WANT IS TO LIVE AND NOT NEEDLESSLY SUFFER DOING IT!! ALL THESE CRIMINALS KNOW IS TAKE FROM THE NEEDY TO GIVE TO THE GREEDY!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3751bb45cfbc3a952736e35c6b41e4f8e49159106ba39e54e1ad1cbcf55056ec.jpg #MakeCannabisLegal #ResistTheirGreedAndCorruption

    • Dea Mari Little

      I’ve got myotonic muscular dystrophy where my muscles contract but do not relax so I’m in constant pain all the time. Morphine and Oxycodone for years and my mom finally convinced me to try cannabis for pain. I’ve completely gone green and I feel so much better than when I was on the pills. Cannabis works so much better than those addictive pills. #JeffSessionsIsABoob

      • ALAN GANN

        GLAD TO HEAR CANNABIS HELPED YOU!! I DO NOT SMOKE OR DRINK BUT WHEN I TRIED CANNABIS AFTER THE PAIN BECAME MORE THAN I COULD LIVE WITH AND THE PILLS STOPPED WORKING I COULD NOT BELIEVE HOW WELL IT WORKED!! IT IS UNBELIEVEABLE THAT THE CORRUPT CRIMINALS THAT RUN THIS COUNTRY WILL NOT LET ALL GET THE HELP EVEN THEY KNOW WORKS!! BUT I AM HAPPY TO HEAR YOU AND MANY MORE LIKE US ARE DOING IT TO HELP THEMSELVES!! EVEN IF THEY WILL NOT!! (JUST SO YOU KNOW NOT SHOUTING ONLY HAVE ONE ARMED WITH OLD LAPTOP SETUP BY VA TO HELP ME DO ALL I CAN ONLINE!! THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/01ea1f982945e51631a3087f1ce0da896cddfcf32e2002b9c732e0361fb0f0f8.jpg

        • Dea Mari Little

          Thank you for your service! I’m a vet as well but my disability is not service connected. My best friend from the Army also has CRPS and just got her medical card. I pray it helps her as much as it helps me. When I use the edibles I feel like I can dance! And RSO works wonders as well.

          • ALAN GANN

            THANK YOU ALSO FOR YOUR SERVICE!! I LIVE IN A STATE THAT CANNABIS IS STILL ILLEGAL BUT I VAPE WHEN I CAN BUT I DO NOT HAVE CANNABIS VERY OFTEN!! I WOULD LIKE TO SOMEDAY TRY EDIBLES BUT I HAVE TRIED CBD OILS AND SAD TO SAY THEY DID NOT HELP BUT NOT RSO OILS IT HAS THC!! CAN NOT GET THAT IN MY STATE!! THE WHOLE PLANT IS WHAT SEEMS TO HAVE THE MAGIC MIX THAT HELPS MY CPRS!! VERY VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR FRIEND TOO!! I HAVE HAD CRPS/RSD FOR 14 YEARS AND IT HAS ONLY GOTTEN WORSE!! HOPE THINGS GET BETTER AS IN BETTER AS THEY CAN THAT IS!! STAY STRONG AND NEVER GIVE IN OR NEVER GIVE UP!! HOOAH!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c725ea7d761cc3d01efa03b09253f31fc95e4bd15127633ad396b8746e425d30.jpg

        • CATRYNA49

          So glad you have been helped with this God given plant. I, myself, am finally gaining control over my autoimmune disease (Hashimotos) that I have been plagued with for 55 years. That strain and another one for pain and another that is helping my long stand IBS. It is wonderful!

        • Amanda Scott

          You are lucky you still get assistance through the va. I can not be seen through their medical anymore because I smoke cannabis. They refuse to treat me. I have fibromyalgia, an injured back, and knees along with other problems. The va used to just pump me full of oxycodone 15 every 3 to 4 hours. Because of that I had to have my gallbladder removed, and now have chronic pancreatitis, and ALL pain meds send me into a pancreatic attack. Yet the VA would still rather try to pump me full of them.
          Cannabis has changed my life. No that’s is wrong. Cannabis gave me my life back better then it ever was.
          With out it I could not do any of the things my kids beg me to do with them. Hiking, snowboarding, bike rides, shit I was not even able to walk to the end of the street with them before I started using cannabis.

      • Jessica Lambert

        So LOVE your #… *giggle*

    • Isaac Mizrahi

      for what it’s worth, sir, you have my sympathy. i’ve come to know that every word you said is true.
      retired nurse/ex pat.

  • medcannabis1

    Jeff Sessions is neck deep in the Trump Russian treason issues and he is under FBI investigation for his role in the campaign. His pandering to the Pious Prohibitionist Profiteers is a kabuki dance .

    • Isaac Mizrahi

      if you don’t mind me saying so, you are a sage and a poet, sir…(i’m a fool for alliteration). ; – )

      • medcannabis1

        You are too kind to this old fool.
        Tax and regulate the cannabis industry and allow the states to decide how best to treat this issue. Education and compassion should be at the front of the debate again as we move to finally ending this old racist law and sending it to the dung heap of history.

      • Miss Understood

        I agree😊

  • Our House

    Well that tells us what they’ll be doing about the opiod crisis. Raid all the marijuana users in liberal America.. Because it worked for Nixon. kinda.

    • Justin Hebert

      welcome back to 1914…

    • nixnoutz

      It did work for Nixon. Imports of Cannabis were stopped in their tracks. There was a large variety in supply before that. Duffel bags flown in from ‘Nam for one. Hashish from the Mideast. After- Mex dirt weed.

  • SkylarBlue

    Seriously? Opioid use begins with marijuana? Uhm…. no. It begins with PAIN, generally. And when people get addicted to their Oxycodone and the doctors stop prescribing it (whether the pain is still there or not), they seek it out on the street. A 15mg Oxycodone can sell for $15/pill on the streets. Heroin is often cheaper, and often laced with Fentanyl, causing many of the overdoses being seen. Yet, studies have shown that marijuana can help relieve pain more effectively and with fewer side effects and has helped people with opioid addictions wean themselves off of the drug. We need sensible marijuana reform, rescheduling the drug to allow for robust medical testing, and not ramping up an already failed War on Drugs.

    • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

      Absolutely, well said SkylarBlue

    • Christian

      I agree 100% with you and what everyone is saying here. I grew up in the D.A.R.E. Generation where they had a police officer come to our school and scare the shit out of us kids that marijuana was a hardcore drug and would kill us like meth. My entire life my father and sister have used Cannabis and I was under the impression they were hurting themselves, but I never saw that. Then my sister was put on opioids for her PTSD after her husband died and had horrible problems. Thankfully she had a good doctor later that helped her wean off and now she is only using Cannabis and all the horror is gone. What’s more? I started using Cannabis as an adult a few years ago for my inflammation and I couldn’t believe how effective it was! Not only does it work wonders, but it is NOT addictive. Sugar is more addictive, why don’t we ban that?! Fortunately I live in a state where Cannabis is legal and will continue to use medicinally. Politicians must know that this plant is amazing, but need to have control. Or simply they have never used and want to believe the negative perspective about it that so many have said for years, which isn’t true. Marijuana and opioids and other real drugs are no where in the same category. I took Vicodin for 1 day after having my wisdom teeth removed 14 years ago and still felt pain and felt all messed up and never wanted to touch that stuff again. Please America, fight for what is good for our citizens and fight against what is really crippling us as a nation. I know you all are smart and know the answer! #CannabisSaves

      • disqus_PJVXNwhHEk

        You won’t be able to get it much longer in your state if Jeff Sessions has his way. Sessions needed to be drained from the swamp, because his stagnancy is one of the things that stinks so badly in D.C., and instead Trump made him top cop. Anyone you know that voted for him should have known that he would try to undo any forward progress we had made on this issue in 8 years with Obama. Say goodbye to legal cannabis and hello to jail time, loss of public licensures to practice your career, to a nonaddicted sibling, and any hope that there is for children suffering from seizure disorders. Trump will be the worst thing to happen to this country since 9/11.

    • Jeff Hudson

      I believe cannabis (pejoratively marijuana or marihuana) would best be descheduled not rescheduled. If cannabis is rescheduled then alcohol and tobacco should be added to the schedule of drugs.

  • John J,Barley-Corn

    Why don’t we call it like it is Ok? If old Jeffy boy really wants to take down addiction he might want to start with what’s legal and giving us problems..namely alcohol and tobacco..HOW COME HE’S NOT TAKING THOSE THINGS DOWN? Maybe BECAUSE HE’S INVESTED IN THEM?
    LUNG (and body) CANCER ..These substances are legally sold without a prescription and they can be easily gotten and they kill millions. Yes the opioids can be abused but so can many other substances both legal and illegal . So far there is no known cases of marijuana killing anyone. HOWEVER the concentrates and ingesting pot by eating it can cause some major problems to the brain and body. It’s up to the individual to make a sensible decision to use or not use any substance and how much to use of any substance. Doctors are pushers.Drug companies are pushers and so are tobacco and alcohol manufacturers and sellers. Should we lock them all up in jail? Is that the answer?

  • androloma

    Again, more talk, no action. While it’s still quasi-legal… smoke ’em if ya got ’em. Those federal laws are unconstitutional and the enemy knows it.

  • Eric D. Ryser

    “When you talk to police chiefs, consistently they say much of the addiction starts with marijuana.” Yeah, I’ll bet all those police chiefs are real objective and sciencey

    • Jeff Hudson

      Here is a much better link to what America’s police chiefs think about the drug policies. Sessions should give it a look and listen.

      https://lawenforcementactionpartnership.org/our-issues/drug-policy/

      • Eric D. Ryser

        Yes, a very helpful org indeed, the objective facts on on their side and I’ve donated to them; they used to be Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Sessions would indeed do well to listen to them. But surely you don’t believe their stance is representative of the most common LE view, do you? They are more the exception than the rule, I think.

  • MikeParent

    Did he really trot out the gateway nonsense? Listen to what these people said;
    https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/marijuana-gateway-drug
    “The majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, “harder” substances. “

  • Justin Hebert

    what I love is that old bag of shit doesn’t even bring up pharmaceuticals. his first go to for any drug related issues is Marijuana. Like, make it more obvious you are bought and paid for by pharma corps you disgusting useless dreg of a man.

  • Anonymous

    Alcohol is the number 1 gateway drug. Children watch their parents celebrating every holiday under the sun with alcohol. Alcohol is the first drug that they are introduced to. Alcohol is more dangerous than cannabis will ever be.

    • Isaac Mizrahi

      shhhhhhhh. you don’t want to seem intelligent/observant, do you? btw…don’t forget caffeine, nicotine and THE big killer. table sugar. (leads to inflammation. chronically, one of THE causes of pain and many, many illnesses, including many cancers)..
      retired nurse

  • Jeffrey Stockdale

    Going to be a bunch of “cosmetic” policies to appease the public and parents of children who OD’ed that will do nothing but make the legit pain suffering patients endure ruthless suffering by having their prescriptions reduced. Since they cant stop the heroin, they’ll stop the pain sufferers so they can put up “numbers” in the news. “We took xxxxx pills off the shelves of pain sufferers, who are now committing suicide or laying in their beds curled in a ball, but theres still no reduction in heroin ODs” mark my words.

    • Cecil Memmers

      You are so right. And when they start treating chronic pain with what really works; yoga, Pilates, acupuncture and massages, I will happily give up my pain meds. But all those things, which would truly help, aren’t covered and are very expensive.

      • The D.O.G. Disabled Organic Ga

        Thought you couldn’t get pain meds? Damn liars your the freaking problem. Before you start jumping on people make sure your stories are consistent people tend to call the bullshitters out in public like I did you. Again you win the “asshole of the day and big fat liar and trouble starter award of the day”. We’re not the problem you are! Your the reason opiates are destroying our people. At least I had the balls to quit. Can you with the laundry list of Med problems I had? I highly doubt it your will power is about the size of a spec of dirt. Grow the f up. Leave the discussion to the educated not the ignorant.

  • ThorosiousD

    It’s a wonder how sessions and his hoard of connected few keep getting away with such well known and long exposed lies. They are shamelessly grasping at anything that will put off the coming change in the products markets for their masters.
    With Kentucky hemp being able to produce around 8,500 lbs of seed per acre twice per year in most areas of the world. Famine would end and biodiesel would become the fuel of the future thereby replacing the small group of ground petroleum monopolies. Not to mention that the thousands of other products currently held by the connected few would be no longer be supplied by consolidated corporations.
    Textiles, paper, plastics, medicine, ethanol, building materials and thousands of other things will soon originate from cannabis; and they know it.
    It’s coming.

    • nixnoutz

      Yes. Time for a change to the better. And i hope to see it in my lifetime. Can producing food dyes from petroleum be healthy? Also all the plastics produced from petroleum? We pay for recycling and pay dearly again for recycled plastic products?

  • Jeff Juraska

    Alcohol is the most abused and the leading cause of the drug epidemic and is an epidemic itself. not marijuana….Lying Dumb ass Sessions sounds just like the asshole Harry Anslinger.. The law against marijuana is racist and based upon undocumented lies. Any law based upon lies is worthless.

  • Jeffersonman

    Lets remember a huge fact regarding the government (corporations), and their economic policies; they are under the control of Crony Capitalism. The crooks on Wall Street and Washington will try to eventually, if not sooner, find ways to discredit the current system of management policies relating to cannabis, and then open the door to the monopolization of that market by their corporate special interest partners. It is the same basic plan and excuse they use to privatize government agencies.
    Further, I am witnessing in my own area which is one the biggest producers of cannabis in the US, adopting regulation policies ( rules, regulations, and laws) that benefit the large farms, and are squeezing out smaller farms in rural residential areas, and all residential areas which include medical patients. It appears also that part of the motivation behind these moves is to ultimately drive the industry indoors.
    So whom will benefit from these policy changes? Industrial land owners, utility companies, politicians, local and state governments, and corporations. This is a new industry, and those that have gotten into it at local levels early will make lots of money, but the end game will be a corporate takeover just like what has occurred in every other industry.
    If there is lots of money to be made it is just a matter of time before crony capitalist take over the business.

  • Jessica Lambert

    Post hoc ergo propter hoc – Just because two things have a relational context does NOT make them causal! Stop the “Reefer Madness” lies and listen to the science! Cannabis is an incredible plant and the research shows it helps people recover from addition – not only is it the answer to the “pain” part of the opioid epidemic but the recreational sales revenue and taxation would solve the “money” part too! [and pay for education, and healthcare and….]

    • nixnoutz

      And supply employment. Meanwhile states can’t consider legalization. But their budgets are in the red.

  • Mark Skinner

    Terrific distraction, but he should be worried about America’s loonies pumping “ice” through their veins.

  • David Doyle James

    All
    uses of cannabis are medical or religious. There is no such thing as
    recreational use. If it makes you happy, it cures depression, which 1
    of 5 people in this country suffer. A statistic that should be
    painfully clear given that 100 people per day overdose from legal opium
    medications.

  • pinkhat

    You people are so gullible

    • Cecil Memmers

      Go back to playing with your one incher and let the grown-ups talk.

      • pinkhat

        LOL

        • The D.O.G. Disabled Organic Ga

          Cecil’s the one incher that’s why he’s so mad. But he’s also a liar if you read at the beginning of this discussion he’s telling people he’s on pain meds and will give them up when he’s proved otherwise. He’s one of the biggest parts of this problem.

  • Now and The Foward

    Tell Jeff I said shut the f—k up and smoke a pre roll of some chemdawg

  • Grant Pierce

    Jeff Sessions is a moron

    • cactusjim420

      Jeffy boy is proof that NOT smoking cannabis leads to irreversible ignorance

  • The idea that Sessions is fundamentally calling pot a gateway drug is insane. Is he going to take us back to 100 years ago when they passed prohibition and watched, for the ensuing 14 years, an evolution of the “crime bosses” like Capone and spawned a virtual “epidemic” that destroyed the economy, allowed crime to proliferate and casualties to soar. We need someone in Washington that doesn’t have their head firmly planted up their butt. I was diagnosed with throat cancer. The outlook, according to “doctors” (who I have, as a result, learned how the “system” operates, how corrupt it is, how money is propelling all this bullshit and lying to the public) was grim. Two years later, CBD and smoking a little pot has enabled me to survive with no signs of cancer. It appears that, as time goes on, we continue to repeat the failures of the past. We not only need people like Trump, we need an entirely new group of people who can look at the substantiation that is all around us for the use of cannabis and begin to make real changer rather than rhetoric. All this sickens me!

    • Jeff Hudson

      Here is a quote by Edmund Burke (in Revolution in France) that often leads to misattribution:
      “People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.”

      This is commonly said as – Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

    • CATRYNA49

      Sessions is a pablum fed propagandized moron.

  • Cecil Memmers

    OMG OPIOIDS ARE KILLING EVERYONE!!!

    So are guns, you stupid sons of bitches, and you do NOTHING about that.

  • The D.O.G. Disabled Organic Ga

    This is BS. I’m a Cannabis user exheroin and opiate junkie. I can say 100% Marijuana never lead me to opiates! The Drs led me to Opiates and then the opiates to heroin. I even quit marijuana to consume more opiates and heroin! These are some dumbass people. There part of big pharma and getting paid to support it and sponsor it. I’m so pissed reading this. I wish I could be a spokesperson for this movement.

    • Cecil Memmers

      Thanks so much for being part of the problem. I have scoliosis, DDD, and 2 slipped discs and can’t get pain meds because of morons like you. Die already.

      • The D.O.G. Disabled Organic Ga

        You can’t get pain meds because of something you did not me. I don’t use opiates anymore. But if you knew my situation and knew what caused me to be disabled you’d eat those words. Drs put me on opiates almost 5 years ago and over medicated me. This resulted in my problem. But if you can’t get meds it’s because a dr feels you are either a seeker or a person with a high potential for abusing them. Not me so take your ignorant thoughts and comments and point it towards yourself. If you think pain meds will solve your problem your mistaken. I can’t use both my legs because of a dr. I can’t wear short sleeves any longer because a hospital gave me MRSA and I have had a 14”x9” wound for over 2 years on my arm. A dr took out my gallbladder without reason and caused my blood disorder. I have ruptured discs in my neck and lower back requiring a spinal fusion. I have a severe blood clotting issue that prevents me from having surgery I have a enlarged liver and reversing scoliosis that’s a lot more painful and I too have DDD but at least I don’t have dumbass disease and ignorance. My list could fill up this post on issues I have but you know what I don’t use opiates no longer and nor will I. Because I know better than anyone what opiates will do to you. So you keep asking for those meds and when you do and get them you will wish that you never took them. I’d much rather take something organic like cannabis that heals instead of harms than to be ignorant as you and think that opiate pain meds are what you need. But thanks for reminding me how naive I used to be about pain meds. Before you judge someone maybe you should take your head out of your ass and see them for who they are than blindly slinging shit at them. Congratulations Cecil Memmers for the “Asshole of the Day” award!

      • Sam Williams

        Your lack of empathy is disturbing, if you can’t get pain meds it’s has something to do with YOU, not somebody you don’t even know, besides he was talking about getting off of those pain meds and using cannabis instead, yes I do see that in the conversation he said that he stopped using cannabis when he was addicted but what you missed was that he picked cannabis back up and stopped the pills and heroin.
        #compassion #crps #rsd

        • The D.O.G. Disabled Organic Ga

          Sam thanks but if you read up a few comments he states he’s already taking pain meds. He’s the part of the problem that needs to be amputated. I do admire your compassion and knowledge. Thanks for uniting.

      • chincycoot

        I have all that shit and a whole lot more going on with my back Cecil. I get meds for my issues, until the govt. messes that up. But you do not have that much going on to really need pain meds if what you mention is all thats causing you issues. You may disagree with that, so be it. If you did get them, I wonder if there isn’t some blame on your part as to why you do not get them anymore. Anyway, get your pain manager (if you do not have a pain management specialist that may be part of your issues) to give you a script for some ketamine and oxytocin, ketamine and oxytocin makes your brains opioid sensors extend the effectiveness of opioids so you can stay out of your stash and hope it lasts longer. If you are running out of meds early nowadays too bad, you just have to deal with it. Your provider may be leery of you if that’s the case.
        I have archnoiditis, (look it up) which just may kill me, additionally, I broke my back in an industrial accident in 1997 and I have been disabled since then. I can still walk which is amazing to a plethora of specialists that saw all my films just last week at a pain seminar in Ca. I am going to meet with them soon so they can figure out how I can still function. I am convinced that smoking pot for 45 years is a big factor for why I can still boogie. Quit whining and help your self out man, blaming someone else for that problem of yours is weak.

    • cactusjim420

      The whole drug war was “fake news” they never reported the truth, just the lies they wanted us to believe, to protect big pharma, police depts, till eventually it led to the pee test, another multi billion dollar scam, perpetuated by none other then the corporate politicians

    • pinkhat

      Big pharma is the culprit, and unscrupulous doctors. the difference is the street corner dealer is honest about it. But I don’t believe for a moment Sessions is going to shut down medical marijuana or stop the direction of recreational use.

  • Cecil Memmers

    OMG OPIOIDS ARE KILLING EVERYONE!!!

    So are guns, you clueless f***s, and you do NOTHING about that.

    • nixnoutz

      And if everyone carried a gun and knew how to use it, would anyone sane or insane try to commit an armed crime or public execution? Almost all public executions would not happen. But you ignore that way of thinking. And meanwhile wait the deadly minutes for law enforcement to interact. Should I call you “Jeffy”?

  • Joseph Muhammad

    Trump as Anti-Christ, Sessions as Satan. Is Pelosi the False Prophet just playing along? Lol. $57,000. 😂

  • 360dunk

    “When you talk to police chiefs, consistently they say much of the addiction starts with marijuana,” blurts clueless Jeff Sessions,

    Since when did police chiefs become medical experts? They’ve been arresting weed smokers for years so they couldn’t possibly be biased against the plant, could they?

    Sessions, you dumb-as-dirt swamp donkey…..all alcoholics have had beer so does that mean beer leads to alcoholism? All heroin users have tried marijuana too but the overwhelming majority of marijuana smokers (well over 90%) do NOT end up addicted to opioids. For that matter, all Hell’s Angels bikers started out on tricycles. That must mean tricycles lead to a criminal life of gangbanging. Sessions, all you’re doing is spewing the same crap people have been telling you to spew….you have no ability to look at marijuana objectively. Worry about terrorism, white collar crime, and drug cartels….forget about this harmless weed. The tide has turned and America will never go back to banning a natural herb. Evolve.

  • Roland St Germain

    Sessions hasn’t been in his right mind since he fell off the turnip truck – as a toddler. But it makes it more fun to watch him when he gets mad – next chance you get, make at least one reference to his home in the “great state of Al Obama”. Maybe he’ll burst an artery – if you’re going to dream, dream big.

  • Liz

    Sessions is SUCH AN IDIOT!!! Doctors PRESCRIBE opioids and NOT pot and the pharmaceutical companies PUSH those opioids. They OPPOSE pot because they can’t make BILLIONS off of it.

  • Mo Jo

    Sessions has decades of work for the For-Profit-Prison industry. Of course he is going to blame Cannabis! Here are the facts about this Opiod “Crisis”. Only 100 Americans die from drug overdoses every day. Of those typically 20 are from Opiods. Of those typically 16 are from Prescription drugs that the victim combined with alcohol. For some reason the CDC doesn’t list Alcohol as a drug even though it is a “Depressant”, which definitely IS a drug. According to the Feds, 88,000 Americans die from Alcohol-related incidents every year. Yet WHO (World Health Organication) claims when we factor in Alcohol-related diseases, hundreds of thousands of Americans die every year. Compare that with 36,500 annual deaths attributable to all other drugs combined. Of those, around 60% had Alcohol as a contributing factor. So we can cut down the number of non-Alcohol drug deaths to around 14,600. Of those, the number of Opiod deaths are around several thousand. Doesn’t really sound like a “National Emergency” to me…. What it sounds like is that the same opiod meds which are available over-the-counter in Canada and Mexico and now up for review in America, and so American doctors who get kickbacks from Big Pharm to write prescriptions feel their cash-flow is being threatened, so let’s trot out a Scare Piece to freak out the Chicken Litttles, almost NONE of whom will ever know someone who was addicted to Opiods and yet ALL of whom will nod their heads knowingly “people are dying” and support yet another Assanine WAR ON AMERICAN CITIZENS BY ITS GOVERNMENT.

  • Raul Tsi

    Heyzus Cripes, but man, Sessions is such a blithering idiot. How the fuck in this day and age can people still get away with pushing the same old worn and tired lies and cliches? Donald, dump that stupid shithead already.

  • Auryan

    Then again…this is all good discourse. We get to see and learn and understand the REAL TRUTH…because people are challenging myths that people like Sessions pretends is real and true. But millions of people KNOW otherwise. Let them squawk all they want…in the end the truth will prevail. The entire west coast has now legalized progressive cannabis laws that mean millions of revenue to those states. Prohibition of alcohol did not just change over night in the 1930s…When states found the new monies they could add to their budgets…then prohibition died quickly. But cannabis is far more of a wonder medical drug and plant unlike alcohol. We all know we have been lied to for decades. Change is hard for the narrow minded…so pop some popcorn, sprinkle on some bud and enjoy the show. It’s all about to unravel….promise.

  • lovingc

    The turn of phrase is the cause of this announcement to be nothing but hot air! There is no funding at all.

  • CATRYNA49

    Sessions needs to shut his ignorant mouth. Every time he knocks Cannabis in favor of Pharma drugs, he makes a total ass out of himself. Cannabis has always been an important plant for all manner of health issues. That’s more than you can say for the crap the Pharmaceutical Cartels push, with all their deadly adverse reasctions.i woudn’t trust any Pharma product and I’m finaly getting well since I started Cannabis therapy over a year ago. Cannabis (Marijuana and Hemp) should be legal in all respects with no regulation other than if using recreationally to be discreet and responsible.

  • Dante-the-cat

    Up here we are scrambling to get everything ready for legal cannabis use and down there cannabis is a schedule 1 drug. Do Americans mix in broken glass to make it so much more dangerous than Canadian?

    • nixnoutz

      Oh Canada! Mexico will legalize sooner than the great U.S.A.

  • Chas Hue

    Sessions is a fool that is intellectually stuck in neutral. Just like his deplorable boss, you can argue, provide evidence to no avail. Each is a moron in their own way. I know Jeffie, weed changed the KKK from an organization of great american patriots to something less in your eyes.

  • rnemma

    Why do we vote for old folks like Sessions should we not retire Politicians at 65 yrs of age? We would have better run Countries if we did so. A younger set of Politicians would be Living the same life as the average taxpayer, ie/ raising kids while balancing work and childcare. Laws would be targeted to a younger base. As is now laws are set so these old folks can get richer and the average joe gets to hold the bag.

  • rnemma

    Big Pharma will lose a lot of business and the Politicians will loose kickbacks even though they say they are Honest we all know better.

  • Bluesabound

    IMHO – The honorable mr sessions is being told what he has told them he wanted to hear. In my 61 years I’ve talked with a lot of people , and quite a few of 1st time buzz experience was from daddy or an uncle giving them beer at a family event. Mine was as a freshman in high school, group of us got a wino to buy us 2 CASES of pink wine. Beer, wine or whiskey has been the gateway drug for ALL of my friends. Some went on to heroin, some never took another drink. I got tired of getting sick so I switched to mj in the mid 70’s and never looked back. Never have I done things on mj that I’ve made a fool of myself with brown whiskey. I’ve never been black out high on mj even when I took a gram of hash oil and was near floating. I HAVE woke up where I did not know how I got there from being black out drunk. Sesh needs to do the HONORABLE thing and speak the TRUTH. MJ is the farthest thing from a gateway drug you could imagine. And let us not forget that while we were drinking we were smokig poison prepackaged cigarettes, stated with Salem, then Kools, then Marlboros, took me a year to quit. MJ is physically non addictive.

  • anseio

    I’m sorry, Mr. Sessions, but since when are police chiefs specialists in psychology and addiction? I thought that law enforcement was their domain. I struggle to see how their words have any merit in the conversation on addiction, other than to say crap that supports your broken views.

  • Zen

    Jeff Sessions has been smokin corn silk to long. The tiny little silk worms have apparently climbed in to his brain by way of his ears. The little silk worms are wrapping his brain in a cocoon. No new information has gotten through since the “refer madness” program the government had in the 50’s and 60’s.

  • disqus_PJVXNwhHEk

    Opioid abuse, and heroin use in particular, are the results of the Bush administration’s failure to do anything for eight years as the epidemic emerged. I know people that have used cannabis to fight opioid addictions, and it worked. They completely replaced a drug that addicts you and kills at overdose levels with one you can’t become addicted to or overdose on, not even suboxone can make that claim. Suboxone, you know, the drug the U.S. released to market that every pillhead and heroin addict is now addicted to, the one they sell on the steeets to make more money for heroin because you get a lot of heroin for a suboxone strip. Jeff Sessions need to explain why we didn’t have this same problem in the nineties and early two thousand, because I guarantee people were smoking pot then. They only turned to heroin after republicans began shutting down prescribing physicians, pill mills, and began offering suboxone to addicts. Does Sessions not know how to read a basic timeline? I’m telling you now, something has to be done about this Tyrant Trump and his treasonous cabinet that all have connections with Russia. Something must be done or the US will become little Russia and the USSR. Which is exactly what Vladimir Putin wants. This is what happens when you put a dunce on a pedastal instead of in the corner where he belongs. Anyone that voted for this guy should have known he was going to ruin any forward progression that had been made in this country. In my opinion, if we lose this battle towards freedom, you are to blame.

  • MeecheMill

    I think Jeff Sessions is a real threat to everyone who is depending on Medical Marijuana for pain relief. He is stuck in the 60’s and 70’s when kids smoked pot to get high – the Age of DARE programs in schools – they in no way pertain to Medical Marijuana and it is the uneducated about MM that are backing Sessions., Sessions needs to do some research into what medical marijuana really is and how it is manufactured and the good it does to many, many people – to children with epilepsy, Veterans with nightmares and not being able to function without it, People with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerated Colitis, skin diseases – Terrible pain from nerve damage, broken bones that didn’t heal right and cause pain that no other medication hits to stop the pain. The list goes on and on – these people get relief without getting high – most of Medical Marijuana comes in pill form , oil that is placed on the tongue, or topical ointment form without the effects of alcohol – drunks cause more accidents than people taking Medical marijuana. To even get approved for Medical Marijuana is a real chore – you can’t just ask your doctor for a prescription – You have to prove you have tried all other routes to get relief and your pain is on-going etc etc – then you have to get approval from the State – it all cost money but is worth it for the relief. NOW, this backward Jeff Sessions thinks he is going to make a name for himself by closing down all the good people who are making it available to the few who get approved for the program! I hope it never happens. Sessions has proven in the last year that he is not a good attorney general – he is on the fence and afraid to do his job when it comes to investigating people but he is right ready to clamp down on the people who buy and sell Medical Marijuana. I hope it doesn’t happen –