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

June 25, 2017

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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.