Sen. Jeff Sessions cites Lady Gaga during marijuana debate with Eric Holder

"Lady Gaga says she's addicted to it and it's not harmless, she's been addicted to it," Sen. Jeff Sessions told Holder.
By Evan Bleier  |  Jan. 30, 2014 at 12:24 PM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Who do you trust for the straight dope about pot -- Lady Gaga or President Barack Obama?

During an argument with Attorney General Eric Holder about the president’s recent remark that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., cited comments Lady Gaga made about being addicted to pot.

"Lady Gaga says she's addicted to it and it's not harmless, she's been addicted to it," Sessions said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. "I just hope you will talk to the president -- you're close to him -- and pull back from this position which I think is going to be adverse to the health of America."

Obama did also say in the New Yorker interview that marijuana use was not something he encouraged.

Holder responded to Sessions by saying, “The use of any drug is potentially harmful, and included in that would be alcohol.”

Sessions also claimed that marijuana legalization would make the drug more accessible to children.

"People cannot buy alcohol I guess now until you're age 18, or age 21, but young people find ways to get alcohol because adults can have access to it," Holder said. "I'm not sure that we will see the same thing here, given what we have said with regard to our enforcement priorities."

So what did Gaga actually say?

The 27-year-old singer told the Z100 Morning Show that there was a point in time when she was smoking 15 to 20 marijuana cigarettes a day to help deal with anxiety and pain.

"I have been addicted to it and it's ultimately related to anxiety coping and it's a form of self-medication and I was smoking up to 15-20 marijuana cigarettes a day with no tobacco," she said. "I was living on a totally other psychedelic plane, numbing myself completely, and looking back I do see now that some of it had to do with my hip pain. I didn't know where the pain was coming from so I was just in a lot of pain and very depressed all the time and not really sure why."

[Huffington Post] [New Yorker] [Z100 Morning Show]

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