Koch network to Trump administration: “You are never going to win the war on drugs. Drugs won.”

June 25, 2017

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked Congress to repeal federal protections for medical marijuana, citing a “historic drug epidemic” related to opiates. But Mark Holden, general counsel for Koch Industries who leads a network-backed effort to address overcriminalization and criminal justice reform, decried the Trump administration for returning to the “harsh sentencing era of the war on drugs.” Holden suggested Sessions’ position represents a “failed big government top-down approach.”

“I’m not here to say our position is legalize drugs or anything else, but I don’t think that we should criminalize those types of things and we should let the states decide,” Holden said.