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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

A white Kansas state lawmaker arguing against the legalization of any use of marijuana suggested that it and other drugs were originally outlawed in part because blacks were "basically users" and "responded worst" to the drugs because of their "character makeup -- their genetics and that." State Rep. Steve Alford, a 75-year-old Republican from Ulysses, in the west of the state, made the comments Saturday during a public meeting at a hospital in Garden City. The Garden City Telegram first reported on the statement Monday and posted a video of it to YouTube.

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At the meeting, Alford referenced a time in the 1930s when marijuana was prohibited.

"What was the reason they did that?" he asked a crowd of about 60 people, none of whom were black. "One of the reasons why -- I hate to say it -- is the African Americans, they were basically users and they responded the worst off to those drugs. It's because of their character makeup -- their genetics and that. And so basically what we're trying to do, is we're trying to do a complete reverse of the people not remembering what's happened in the past."

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"It's because of their character makeup -- their genetics and that."

This guy basically is saying that he views "Reefer Madness" as a documentary.

#1 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-01-09 06:03 AM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 2

and it just gets worse.

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-09 06:51 AM | Reply

This is not unusual talk in rural white Amerika.

#3 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-01-09 06:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

His views are 50% of the reason we had the war on drugs, the other half was because Vietnam War protesters also smoked pot. That's not an opinion, that was a statement by John Erlichman, a Nixon aide.

""You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities," Ehrlichman said. "We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."

www.cnn.com

#4 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-09 07:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

Good old Kansas....

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-09 09:19 AM | Reply

Let's hear the excuses. Come on, excuseketeers. Out of context, right? Both parties are the same? Fake news? Isolated incident?

#6 | Posted by cbob at 2018-01-09 09:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And thanks for the Breakfast Club clip, TFD. Good times, good times.

#7 | Posted by cbob at 2018-01-09 09:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Senator Grassley thinks I spend all my money on booze and women. And that's why I don't deserve a ginormous tax cut like he voted himself.

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-09 10:29 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Wow, a guy makes a dumb comment and everyone takes it as a portrayal of a stereotype and says it's a common occurrence. People need to learn basic math before this country is ruined. Oh, and people need to stop being hypocrites. Make those two things happen and not only would America enjoy a period of prosperity never before seen in the world but we would also have a government that has a lot less of a stranglehold over the population.

#9 | Posted by humtake at 2018-01-09 11:42 AM | Reply

blacks... "responded worst" to the drugs because of their "character makeup -- their genetics and that."

Then why are so many white people addicted to opiates and amphetamines?

And alcohol?

Once all these racist old impotents die out the US can move toward greatness again.

#10 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-09 11:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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"People need to learn basic math before this country is ruined."

Using your best basic math, please tell us why you supported borrowing $6000 to get $25 a month?

#11 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-01-09 12:04 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

It's brainiacs like Steve Alford who can solve the global warming crisis, thanks to their clear scientific analysis...

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2018-01-09 12:08 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Wow, a guy makes a dumb comment and everyone takes it as a portrayal of a stereotype and says it's a common occurrence.

"Good people don't smoke marijuana."

"You can't have the President of the United States of America talking about marijuana like it is no different than taking a drink ... It is different ... It is already causing a disturbance in the states that have made it legal."

"I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. 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," Sessions said while speaking with law enforcement officers Wednesday. "Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life."

The KKK was: "OK until I found out they smoked pot."

-Jeff Sessions

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-09 02:10 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Marihuana, Mary Jane
The Devil's weed is all to blame.
Let's proclaim this evil plant
No more among the herbs extant.

No smoke, nor fumes pollute the night
'Cause smokin' weed: it just ain't right.
So don thy sword, thy shield and fight
And extinguish those high as a kite.

--Bon Homme Dudley Poindexter

#14 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-09 02:30 PM | Reply

And thanks for the Breakfast Club clip, TFD. Good times, good times.
#7 | POSTED BY CBOB

I'd like to take credit, but...not me.

#15 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-01-09 02:38 PM | Reply

Absolutely the BEST movie EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#16 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-09 02:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"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"

Come on Jeff Sessions, that's literally what Twelve Steppers do. They find something else, less harmful, called Jesus, to feed their need for addiction.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-09 10:13 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Drugs are bad! Mkay?

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-10 12:30 PM | Reply

Come on Jeff Sessions, that's literally what Twelve Steppers do. They find something else, less harmful, called Jesus, to feed their need for addiction.

#17 | Posted by snoofy

Not just Jesus (or as they like to say their "Higher Power").

A lot of alcoholics and opioid addicts use cannabis to keep themselves from drinking and using other hard drugs that are harmful or even deadly to them.

a growing body of evidence now exists to support the counter notion that for many people, pot serves as a path away from the use of more dangerous substances, including opioids, alcohol, prescription drugs, cocaine, and tobacco.

www.alternet.org

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-10 12:35 PM | Reply

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