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Congressman: 'Arresting People For Pot Is One Of The Greatest Threats To Liberty'
- 07/17/2013 11:29 AM EDT Politics
At Tuesday's press conference, Attorney General Eric Holder took questions about the IRS scandal and the AP phone records seizure. But some members of Congress couldn't help veering off message. Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, a Democrat, tore into the AG about his policies around marijuana. He said:
"One of the greatest threats to liberty has been the government taking people’s liberty for things that people are in favor of. The Pew Research Group shows that 52 percent of people do not think marijuana should be illegal. And yet there are people in jail, and your Justice Department is continuing to put people in jail, for sale, and use, on occasion, of marijuana. That’s something the American public has finally caught up with. It was a cultural lag. And it’s been an injustice for 40 years in this country to take people’s liberty for something that was similar to alcohol. You have continued what is allowing the Mexican cartels power, and the power to make money, ruin Mexico, hurt our country by having a Prohibition in the late 20th and 21st century. We saw it didn’t work in this country in the 20s. We remedied it. This is the time to remedy this Prohibition, and I would hope you would do so."