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Sessions spars with interns over marijuana policy, police brutality

08 December 2017

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.

The woman that he spoke with about marijuana, who has not been identified, had been pressing the 70-year-old about his "lax" stance on gun control laws and "harsh" policies for pot when he began getting smart with her.

Also during the event, another intern asked Sessions why he supports cracking down on legalized marijuana, which she noted killed vastly fewer people each year than legal firearms.

Right out the gate, Sessions made his opinion on the matter clear - laughing loudly and looking exasperated. He brought up "the Second Amendment - you're aware of that", guaranteeing the right to keep and bear arms, and said, "I intend to defend that Second Amendment - it's as valid as the First Amendment". "That's my basic philosophical view about it".

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He asked the intern whether she believed that, to which she responded, "uhhh..."

"Uh, I don't", the intern said, chuckling.

"We need doctors to get better informed", he said. "I don't." Sessions, rather dismissively, called her "Dr. Whatever-Your-Name-Is", and told her "you can write the AMA and see why they think otherwise". Litteral added, "If Jeff Sessions wants to criticize my experience or a progressive institution that's doing a terrific job on behalf of people and especially communities of color then I'm completely fine with his criticism".

Sessions replied, "Well, that may be the view in Berkeley, but it's not the view" elsewhere.

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The intern went on to explain that this wasn't just an issue at Berkeley, and he pointed an incident in Columbus, Ohio, where an officer was caught on video stomping on a restrained suspect's head.

"I hear ya", Sessions said, raising his hand.

Addressing a statement about a Americans in "the projects" don't fear their neighbors, but fear the police. He said the administration is "fully committed to maintaining civil rights for every American".

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.

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Sessions spars with interns over marijuana policy, police brutality