"Sessions’ latest comments are completely fictitious and describe a reality that only exists in the world of alternative facts. Marijuana legalization has not lead to increased violence, but rather has lead to lowered youth use rates, increased tax revenue, and fewer arrests of otherwise law abiding American citizens. The truth is that legalization is working and the views recently espoused by Attorney General Sessions are reckless, irresponsible, and outright false."
- Erik Altieri, Executive Director of NORML
“We know what works and we should be doing it. [We should] talk to kids about making a plan for improvement and teach them problem-solving skills. We still hold youth accountable, but by investing in our kids we’re making our communities safer.”
Meanwhile, the Justice Department said Thursday it will reverse an Obama administration policy that would have phased out the federal government’s use of private prisons. The announcement touched off a spike in the after-hours share prices of for-profit prisons, including CoreCivic and GEO Group.