To all future interlocuters like “Dr. Whatever Your Name Is,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not like being questioned regarding his stances on marijuana, as this video obtained by ABC News shows.
The video in question is from a June 2017 Q&A session where the attorney general fielded questions from Department of Justice interns. Following a cellphone video leak of the private event, ABC News filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the full recording. In clips from said recording, DOJ interns fling hard-hitting questions at Sessions regarding police brutality, gun ownership and marijuana policies.
From the video, it’s clear the interns and Sessions don’t hold similar views on these issues.
“You support pretty harsh policies for marijuana and pretty lax gun control laws—I’m not even sure where you stand on the assault weapons ban,” one intern questions Sessions. “So I’d like to know, since guns kill more people than marijuana, why lax laws one versus the other?”
Sessions responded forcefully, stating that more fatal accidents occur from drugs than alcohol, and reminded the intern that the American Medical Association is “crystal clear” in its opinion that “marijuana is not a healthy substance.”
The intern went on to challenge Sessions on that claim, but instead he cut her off and dismissed her as “Dr. Whatever Your Name Is.”
“I don’t think America’s going to be a better place if marijuana’s sold in every corner grocery store,” Sessions said.