Attorney General Jeff Sessions, pictured above, just made a big concession on marijuana. He finally admitted, prepare yourself, that it’s not as dangerous as heroin.

“I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store,” Sessions said during a speech in May. “And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana—so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful.”

Well, it appears Sessions is ready to slightly change his tune on marijuana, because he was asked about that quote during a testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

“Marijuana is not as dangerous as heroin — do you agree with that?” Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., asked Sessions.

“I think that’s correct,” Sessions replied.

That’s not all Sessions said. He was of course there to talk about Trump’s possible collusion with Russia during last year’s election, but there was more marijuana-related discussion as well. He was asked by Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, if the Justice Department is going to enforce federal law on states that legalize cannabis.

“Our policy is the same really, fundamentally, as the Holder-Lynch policy, which is that the federal law remains in effect and a state can legalize marijuana for its law enforcement purposes, but it still remains illegal with regard to federal purposes,” Sessions said.

He also said at another point that he believes the Justice Department is still bound to the Rohrbacher-Farr amendment of 2014, which prevents the Justice Department from using federal funds to go after states that legalize marijuana. Sessions has asked previously that that amendment not be renewed when the time comes this December. Take note of that.

It’s clear Sessions still doesn’t like marijuana and wants to fight the spread of marijuana, but at least he’s not ignorant enough to think it’s as bad as heroin anymore.

[Photo via GreyHawk/DailyKos]

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