U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit Billings Friday, April 27, to deliver a speech about the drug crisis in America.
He will deliver his remarks at the Rimrock Foundation, 1231 N. 29th Street.
The Rimrock Foundation is a substance abuse organization. CEO Lenette Kosovich said that Montana's U.S. Attorney, Kurt Alme, helped to select Rimrock as the venue for Sessions' visit.
She said that it's encouraging that top-level law enforcement officials are addressing drug use in concert with social workers and treatment centers.
“They're really going to tackle it at the top," Kosovich said. "They really want to stop drugs from getting into the United States.”
Sessions was one of President Donald Trump’s top advisers during his campaign and since being named Attorney General has worked to revive the war on drugs.
In the last few weeks, Sessions has targeted opioid sales. He has shown his willingness to target prescription drug manufacturers with his enforcement policies.
He also in January rescinded an Obama-era policy allowing federal authorities to back off legal medical marijuana operations as long as states maintained their own tight regulations.
Sessions' view of marijuana has frustrated marijuana proponents, particularly those who support its medical use. There is growing evidence that marijuana could help supplant opioid use for some patients.
Kosovich said she takes a hard line on marijuana use and that she hasn't seen convincing evidence that it could help curb the use of prescription drugs.
“We’re not really subscribing to that," she said. "I have not seen any research that supports that.”
Sessions' speech could also touch on street drugs like methamphetamine, which Billings Police Chief Rich St. John pointed to as the root cause for spikes of violence in the city.
The event is not open to the public. It's designed for law enforcement partners and the news media.
Representatives for the U.S. Department of Justice also stipulated that Sessions will not take questions from the media. Spokeswoman Kelly Laco said in an email that Sessions will be giving a formal speech and "not a press conference."