Attorney General Jeff Sessions has admitted to hearing the backlash from conservative and liberal associates after vowing to crack down on recreational and medical marijuana smoking in America.
“When they nominated me for attorney general,” Sessions said at an Air Force base in Colorado on Tuesday, “I said I don’t think America’s going to be a better place if they sell marijuana at every corner grocery store.”
But then he acknowledged the criticism from inside and outside his own administration: “People didn’t like that. I’m surprised they didn’t like that,” he said.
Sessions is now taking a safer, more moderate tone whenever the subject of pot comes up. On Tuesday, he told the crowd that he is still opposed to Federal legalization but did not propose any plans to force individual states to re-criminalize smoking.