Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly reversed recent comments on marijuana Tuesday in his first major public speech since being sworn in.
Kelly vowed that Department of Homeland Security staff would continue to investigate and arrest those involved in illegal trade of the drug and called marijuana “a potentially dangerous gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs.”
The apparent reversal comes two days after he told “Meet the Press” that marijuana is not “a factor in the drug war.”
“Yeah, marijuana is not a factor in the drug war,” Kelly told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s Sunday show, citing meth, heroin and cocaine as the three main drugs that have played a role in the U.S. drug crisis that killed more than 52,000 people in 2015.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is an outspoken opponent of marijuana use and has criticized the 28 states and Washington, D.C., that do not enforce federal laws banning it.
The Trump administration has offered mixed messages, and no clear guidance, on its plans for marijuana regulation.
Congress needs to act and allow the states to set their laws as they will. Hemp needs to be for state control also. The way it is now is insane.