Over the weekend, Kansas state Rep. Steve Alford was meeting with his constituents at a hospital in Garden City, where he decided to go on a racist rant about marijuana usage as it relates to African Americans. These unfortunate remarks come on the heels of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to rescind federal protections for state-sanctioned marijuana industries.
As you will hear in the video below from The Garden City Telegram, Alford starts by recommending that we "go back in the ’30s when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas (and) across the United States." Alford asks, "What was the reason they did that?”
Alford then goes on to say that “One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, the African Americans, they were basically users, and they basically responded the worst off those drugs just because their character makeup, their genetics and that.”
While he has since apologized, his remarks are outrageous and alarming.
With so much progress regarding marijuana research in recent years, why we would ever go back to the logic (or lack therof) of the '30s? This is when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was initially formed. With Harry J. Anslinger at the helm, this misled agency's goal was to end the usage of recreational drugs.
In one public service announcement from the FBN, marihuana was referred to as "the killer drug" and a "powerful narcotic in which lurks Murder! Insanity! Death!"
A recent study from Michigan State University has shown that medical marijuana may decelerate the mental decline that affects patients with HIV. Meanwhile, other recent studies show that marijuana can minimize risk of stroke, stop migraines, increase the anti-cancer effects of chemo, and more.
Clearly Anslinger, the FBN, and most recently Kansas state Rep. Steve Alford were all wrong about marijuana...
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