At least one Trump administration official isn’t spewing the same anti-marijuana comments as his colleagues are.
In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly told host Chuck Todd that marijuana is “not a factor” in the ongoing drug war, reports the Washington Post.
In the interview, Todd asks Kelly if marijuana legalization would alter border efforts to control drug smuggling.
“Yeah, marijuana is not a factor in the drug war,” answered Kelly.
Kelly then went on to explain which illegal substances are actually worth the concern:
It’s three things. Methamphetamine. Almost all produced in Mexico. Heroin. Virtually all produced in Mexico. And cocaine that comes up from further south. Those three drugs result in the death of I think in ’15, I think, of 52,000 people to include opiates. It’s a massive problem. 52,000 Americans dead. You can’t put a price on human misery. The cost to the United States is over $250 billion a year.
The solution is not arresting a lot of users. The solution is a comprehensive drug demand reduction program in the United States…