Jeff Sessions Mocks DOJ Intern Who Questioned His Stance on Marijuana

Lester Mason
December 8, 2017

In a video obtained by ABC News through an FOIA request, Sessions made yet another reference to a violent crime wave sweeping the nation as a reason for his draconian policies toward marijuana as the drug is legalized in more and more states and municipalities. When an intern asked what Sessions would do about the role pharmaceutical companies and doctors play in the opioid crisis, Sessions didn't mention any law enforcement remedies.

Its release comes as the Justice Department's overall position on marijuana policy remains uncertain. During a question-and-answer session between Justice Department interns and Sessions over the summer, the attorney general mocked and derided an intern that dared question part of that agenda.

Sessions sparred a bit with interns on other issues as well.

"You support pretty harsh policies for marijuana and pretty lax gun control laws - I'm not even sure where you stand on the assault weapons ban", an intern asked Sessions.

Sessions laughed, and responded the question was one of "apples and oranges" - but rejected the idea that marijuana is harmless.

The woman hesitated and said, "Uhh, I don't".

He also said marijuana is not a healthy substance and that the American Medical Association agrees with him.

Sessions sarcastically called the intern "Dr. Whatever Your Name Is" and telling her to write to the AMA about her view.

In one exchange, Sessions told an intern - who had named young black men killed by police officers and said that some people feared the the police more than their neighbors - "That may be the view in Berkeley, but it's not the view in most places in the country".

"We need doctors to get better informed", he said. The student said they had proved effective in many communities. I grew up in the projects with a single mother.

Sessions interjected, saying that "may be the view in Berkeley, but it's not the view in most places in the country". "And cities that have abandoned traditional police activities like Baltimore and Chicago, murder rates have surged, particularly in poor neighborhoods".

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