Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin called out a Texas lawmaker who likened the sale of legal marijuana to slavery during a conference call Sunday morning where Woodfin spoke before a subcommittee of the House.
The Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said during the hearing that the sale of legal marijuana “is not the best opportunity that has been presented today” in the hearing of the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Justice Individuals, federal decriminalization and state and local surveillance were investigated. efforts to renew the drug.
“The product is being marketed, the product is being sold, the product is being supported by those in it to make money,” Sessions said of marijuana. “Slavery also made money, and it was a terrible thing that affected this country and the world for many years.”
Woodfin, who has testified about pardoning thousands of Birmingham residents and opposing the criminalization of marijuana, objected to Sessions’ comparison.
“Words are important … putting drugs and slavery in the same category is very dangerous and simple,” said the mayor of Birmingham.
Sessions said he wanted to hear more about Sunday morning’s hearing in the case about the harm that openness has done to our children, to our communities, to this country…
“Marijuana and illegal drugs are in decline,” the council said. “They created addictions, addictions, and mental issues.
“Today, I think it’s important for us to understand that people who attack the police department – the police are there to protect communities and save people from crime and bad consequences. ,” the congressman continued, referring to Democrats who oppose the police.