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In September of 2019, U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, spoke with Alabama reporters on issues currently facing the state and the nation. During the call the issue of taking marijuana off of the federal controlled substances list came up.
“I think it is about time that we moved it off the controlled states list,” Jones said. “This is really a states right issue these days.”
Jones said that this would do two things: first it would “let the states make a determination themselves and it allows us to do research.”
In saying that federal marijuana laws should not be changed, Byrne said the nation needs to become more God-centered. Byrne pointed to a slight decline in U.S. life expectancy.
“In a country as rich and as prosperous as America, why is life expectancy going down?” Byrne said. “It’s because of suicide, alcohol abuse and drug abuse. People doing things that literally result in their own death. How in the world does that happen in our country? It’s because we’ve taken God out of the center of our lives. And when you try to take God out of the center of your life, you’ll keep trying to stick something else in there but nothing else will fill it – no drug, no alcohol, no power, no wealth, nothing will fill that hole.”