Eric Holder Says Kids Won’t Be Able To Toke Up

Jan 29, 2014

Gen­eral Eric Holder said Wednes­day that just because states are legal­iz­ing mar­i­juana for recre­ational pur­poses doesn’t mean minors will be able to roll up a joint. “Peo­ple can­not buy alco­hol I guess now until you’re age… age 21, but young peo­ple find ways to get alco­hol because adults can have access to it,” Holder said before the Sen­ate Judi­ciary Com­mit­tee. “I’m not sure that we will see the same thing here given what we have said with regard to our enforce­ment pri­or­i­ties.” His com­ments came as Col­orado and Wash­ing­ton state have been imple­ment­ing new laws allow­ing recre­ational pot. Mar­i­juana remains ille­gal under fed­eral law, and under ques­tion­ing, Holder defended the Obama administration’s stance in allow­ing the states to move for­ward with their laws while the feds work to make sure the drug doesn’t become avail­able to minors or move across state lines. “The dis­tri­b­u­tion of mar­i­juana to minors will… will entail a very vig­or­ous fed­eral response,” Holder said. The Depart­ment of Jus­tice is expected to unveil new guide­lines that might help banks trans­act with legal mar­i­juana com­pa­nies, which are increas­ingly wor­ried about the dan­gers of oper­at­ing all-cash busi­nesses. Alabama Repub­li­can Sen. Jeff Ses­sions, a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee, lamented Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s recent com­ments that mar­i­juana isn’t more harm­ful than alco­hol, say­ing he was “heart­bro­ken” to hear Obama argue that states’ exper­i­ments in legal­iza­tion should go for­ward. Ses­sions said the coun­try had pre­vi­ously worked to“create a hos­til­ity to drug use” that shouldn’t recede. “I think that the use of any drug is poten­tially harm­ful,” Holder said of Obama’s com­ments. “And included in that would be alco­hol.” Ses­sions was skep­ti­cal. “Well, Lady Gaga says she’s addicted to it and it’s not harm­less,” he said. Source: Time Mag­a­zine (US) Author: Maya Rho­dan Pub­lished: Jan­u­ary 29, 2014 Copy­right: 2014 Time Inc. Con­tact: letters@​time.​com Web­site: http://​www​.time​.com/​t​i​me/

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