The U.S. Department of Justice seems to have a firm hold on the issue of marijuana and other drugs, and the current chief has declared his opinions against these illicit substances.
Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his say on President Barack Obama’s statement about marijuana being less harmful than alcohol. “I think that any drug used in an inappropriate way can be harmful. And alcohol is among those,” Holder said in a news release. In addition, the Attorney General said “the use of any drug is potentially harmful and included in that would be alcohol.”
This was his answer to a question raised by Alabama’s Republican senator Jeff Sessions during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Sen. Sessions seemed appalled by the President’s statement over his lenient stand on marijuana. “It’s difficult for me to conceive how the President of the United States could make such a statement,” said Sessions.
Obama continues to have a firm stand against the nationwide legal approval of the use of marijuana. In fact, marijuana is considered a “Schedule 1 controlled substance” because of its high likelihood for abuse without a medically determined advantage. Despite this, the President admitted that he used marijuana during his childhood, but has learned from his mistakes, saying that marijuana smoking is a vice much like smoking tobacco cigarettes. His statement in the New Yorker has also struck a chord with conservatives and anti-pot activists, when he said that marijuana is less risky that alcohol.