Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) invoked pop singer Lady Gaga at a congressional hearing on Wednesday in an effort to keep kids from having a bad romance with marijuana.
During a Senate Judiciary oversight hearing on the Department of Justice, Sessions told Attorney General Eric Holder that he was appalled that President Barack Obama had recently said marijuana was no more dangerous than alcohol.
“I’m heartbroken to see what the president said just a few days ago,” Sessions explained. “It’s just stunning to me. I find it beyond comprehension.”
“Did the president conduct any medical or scientific survey?” the senator wanted to know, pointing to studies that claimed marijuana use was linked to impairments in IQ and anxiety.
“That is exactly why one of our aid and enforcement priorities is the prevention of marijuana to minors,” Holder replied.
“Well, Lady Gaga said she’s addicted to it and it’s not harmless!” Sessions insisted. “She’s been addicted to it. Patrick Kennedy, former Congressman Kennedy, said the president is wrong on this subject!”
“I just hope you will talk to the president — you’re close to him — and being to pull back on this position that I think is going to adverse to the health of America.”
Lady Gaga recently became a talking point for conservative pundits after she told a radio host that she was “addicted” to marijuana. But only a year ago, conservatives were outraged over the pop star’s song “Born This Way” because they feared it could convince children to “embrace a homosexual or transgender lifestyle for a lifetime.”
Watch this video from the Senate Judiciary Committee, broadcast Jan. 29, 2014.