Sessions: There's a Dangerous New Trend of Violence in America

The United States does not need to legalize marijuana, but instead should focus its efforts on reducing other drugs that cause problems in the country, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, DC on Tuesday.

He acknowledged that crime rates "remain near historic lows" and reassured his colleagues that America's justice system remains the best in the world.

Noting that crime levels are still far below the peaks hit in the 1990s, Mr. Sessions pointed to an uptick in murders and violent crime in the last two years as evidence that crime rates could are beginning to reverse.

"Somehow, someway we undermined the respect for our police and made, often times, their job more hard", Mr. Sessions said.

"I don't think America is going to be a better place when people of all ages, and particularly young people, are smoking pot", Mr. Sessions said, before launching into a revival of the Not-Your-Father's-Woodstock-Weed scare about super-potent marijuana. Sessions said that under his leadership, the department would be reviewing this policy.

Session ended his remarks on marijuana by saying; "I'm definitely not a fan of expanded use of marijuana".

"M$3 any of our men and women in law enforcement are becoming more cautious" as a result, he said.

The attorney general said that, under former attorney general Eric HolderEric H. HolderSessions warns of rise in violent crime Perez and Ellison an unlikely duo to help Democrats start winning Report: Uber exec resigns after failing to disclose past sexual harassment accusation MORE's Justice Department, "law enforcement as a whole has been unfairly maligned and blamed for the unacceptable deeds of a few bad actors". "And we need to support the courageous men and women of law enforcement as they work day and night to protect us". "And we should encourage proactive policing that ensures our police and citizens are communicating and working well together". But law enforcement officials in states such as Colorado say drug traffickers have taken advantage of lax marijuana laws to hide in plain sight, illegally growing and shipping the drug across state lines, where it can sell for much higher.

Sessions' early focus on drug and violent crime is a radical departure for a Justice Department that has viewed as more urgent the prevention of cyberattacks from foreign criminals, worldwide bribery and the threat of homegrown violent extremism.

"Our agents and prosecutors will prioritize cases against the most violent offenders, and remove them from our streets so they can no longer do us harm", Sessions said.

  • Larry Hoffman