While the current Attorney General for the United States of America may have some of the most backwards views about marijuana ever, one of his predecessors is finally speaking about cannabis rationally.
“I’ve never seen any scientific evidence that points you to concerns about addiction through the use of marijuana,” Holder said in an interview with NY1.
In the same interview Holder said he believes that marijuana should be re-classified from its current Schedule I status.
“We need to move marijuana from Schedule I, so research can be done,” Holder said. “It is classified now on the same level as heroin is, and clearly that is inappropriate.”
Holder served as Attorney General from February 2009 to April 2015 under President Barack Obama. Just a few months after leaving office, Holder said he believed marijuana should be re-classified. However, as Attorney General he took no steps towards doing so and did very little to advance the cause for marijuana legalization. Although the Department of Justice did create the Cole Memo, a series of guidelines protecting states with legalized cannabis, under his watch. Although that memo was rescinded in January by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
While it's commendable that a former top law enforcement official is speaking out in favor of cannabis, it's also a little disheartening because you'd assume he held these same views just three years ago when he was in office, and yet he continually passed the buck on the issue.
(h/t Marijuana Moment)