Expect the War on Drugs to rage on when Loretta Lynch becomes the next attorney general.
The nominee said Wednesday during her confirmation hearing that she opposes marijuana legalization, as well as President Barack Obama’s view that it’s no more dangerous than alcohol.
During the course of the hearing, Sen. Jeff Sessions asked if she supported the legalization of marijuana.
“Senator, I do not,” Lynch replied.
Sessions went on to quote Obama from his 2014 New Yorker profile, when the president said he doesn’t think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol.
“I certainly don’t hold that view and don’t agree with that view of marijuana as a substance,” Lynch said. “I think the president was speaking from his personal experience and personal opinion, neither of which I’m able to share. But I can tell you that not only do I not support legalization of marijuana, it is not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support legalization, nor would it be the position if I were confirmed as attorney general.”
After Obama chose Lynch to become Eric Holder’s successor last year, it’s now likely that Lynch’s pro-drug war and anti-Obama stance will win over the Republican-controlled Senate.