Pot ques­tion draws in Ka­sich

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The Democrats were not ex­clu­sively con­cerned with Rus­sia dur­ing Tues­day’s ques­tion­ing of At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions. Rep. Steve Co­hen of Ten­nessee asked Ses­sions about mar­i­juana. Com­edy en­sued.

“You said one time that good peo­ple don’t smoke mar­i­juana,” Co­hen said. “Which of these peo­ple would you say are not good peo­ple?”

Ses­sions be­gan to ex­plain in earnest, but Co­hen cut him off.

“Quickly. John Ka­sich, a good per­son? Ge­orge Pataki, Rick San­to­rum, Newt Gin­grich, Jeb Bush, Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger, Judge Clarence Thomas — which are not good peo­ple?” he de­manded, cit­ing prom­i­nent Repub­li­cans who, os­ten­si­bly, have ad­mit­ted smok­ing dope in the past.

Ses­sions, laugh­ing with much of the hear­ing room, chalked it up to con­text. “So the ques­tion was, what do you do about drug use, the epi­demic we’re see­ing in the coun­try, and how you re­v­erse it. Part of that is a cul­tural thing. I ex­plained how when I be­came the United States at­tor­ney in 1981, and the drugs were be­ing used widely, over a pe­riod of years, it be­came un­fash­ion­able, un­pop­u­lar, and peo­ple were see­ing — it was seen as such that good peo­ple didn’t use mar­i­juana.”

And with that, Co­hen’s al­lot­ted time for ques­tion­ing ended.

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