Jeff Sessions: Good people don't smoke marijuana

This is not the first time that Sessions, who served as a U.S. attorney during the Reagan administration, has pined for the days of Just Say No. But crediting Nancy Reagan for a decline in drug use that began before she latched onto her pet cause is scientifically problematic, and so are the messages Sessions wants the youth of America to hear—especially the idea that “good people don’t smoke marijuana,” which condemns at least two-fifths of the population (and probably more like half, allowing for underreporting by survey respondents).

I don’t know whether Sessions actually believes that everyone who has tried marijuana is evil or just wants schoolchildren to believe that. I’d be inclined toward the latter interpretation, except that this is the same senator who argued that President Obama was obviously wrong to say marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol because “Lady Gaga says she’s addicted to it and it is not harmless.”