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Senator Mitch McConnell Thinks Pot Kills – Time for a #RealityCheck

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director March 14, 2012

    “Because of the harm that substances like marijuana and other narcotics pose to our society, I have concerns about this legislation. The detrimental effects of drugs have been well documented: short-term memory loss, loss of core motor functions, heightened risk of lung disease, and even death.”

    No, that is not a quote from 1936′s Reefer Madness, it came from the mouth of current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and it happened in 2012.

    Prohibitionist arguments have always been quite laughable, the government originally warned of the dangers of reefer addicted jazz musicians and immigrants corrupting our youth and harming women. However, we’ve come a long way since the 1930′s and the fact that a high ranking elected official in the 21st century can say something so blatantly untrue with a straight face is disturbing at best. Centuries worth of use and countless volumes of research prove Senator McConnell’s statement to be nothing more than lies and scaremongering. Perhaps the good Senator should do some research of his own, if he did he’d find that inhaled cannabis has been shown safe and effective in trials using FDA’s own ‘gold standard’ method.

    As long as our representatives in Congress hold such archaic, patently false views on marijuana our efforts to end prohibition will forever be stymied. We need to hold our politicians accountable and if they continue to make statements such as these, they will lose our support come election time. Help us give Senator Mitch McConnell a #RealityCheck by tweeting your displeasure with his recent statements:

    @Team_Mitch: Centuries of use and decades of research say you’re wrong. Deaths from marijuana = 0. #RealityCheck

    More info and a link to the original constituent letter are available here.

    147 Responses to “Senator Mitch McConnell Thinks Pot Kills – Time for a #RealityCheck”

    1. Jim says:

      “Because of the harm that substances like marijuana and other narcotics pose to our society, I have concerns”

      Here he uses the old rhetorical trick to say that marijuana is a DRUG, (like alcohol, tobacco, pharma, OTC, inhalants, fast food) and in the same breath uses terms like “SUBSTANCES” and “NARCOTICS” as synonyms. This is the old old dime-store trick used whenever politician-prohibitionists discuss any of the “illegal” and specific drugs targeted by the federal “war” on SOME drugs.

      There is a special vocabulary, a drug-speak that prohibitionists use in their rhetoric, a cheap debate skill. Casual claims are made about potential/inevitable death and value judgments are made in black-and-white, good vs. bad terms.

      There is immediate mention of Cannabis, followed directly by derogatory terms like “substances, narcotics.” This is a mind trick that states “it is bad” and negatively reframes the subject in a different light, as a “concern” or social problem. This way, he can keep talking BS, blah blah without substantiating or explaining a nonsensical, poorly formed argument at best, and a pile of maliciously deliberate lies at worst (i.e. as usual).

      He ignores the fact that alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, drug store merchandise, are DRUGS too…..they’re just not the handful of drugs targeted arbitrarily in the war on *some, particular* drugs which hold a great deal of value for some very greedy interests who feel entitled to a plant for all mankind, a gift from the Creator.

      “The detrimental effects of drugs have been well documented: short-term memory loss, loss of core motor functions, heightened risk of lung disease, and even death.”

      -short-term memory loss
      -loss of core motor functions
      -heightened risk of lung disease
      -even death

      Isn’t this a partial list of what occurs to tobacco and alcohol users?

      In fact, this is a list of a few things that occur during the process of natural aging.

      McConnell is a joke. He can’t even argue. And isn’t Congress make up almost entirely of lawyers? He can’t even present a reasonable argument, the stuff learned by high school or maybe college kids.

      He’s deliberately lying out of self-interest or is so naive about Cannabis, he’d believe anything told to him. Or maybe he’s senile. Maybe he wants to be reelected.

      Instead, he should hang up his legislative cap and pick up an honest living, like learning a new trade. Like plumbing or landscaping, walking dogs for $5, etc.

    2. nobody says:

      we have become a fascist country controled by corporate money thru the reich wing fascist bastards.

    3. True American says:

      At present there is more money to be made by opposing the legalization of marijuana than approving it.
      His stances is formulated from that fact. When that variable changes…so will his opinion.

    4. Paul Pot says:

      Look at the sweet innocent smile on his little boy face.
      I wonder will he be smiling the same from behind iron bars serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity.
      Never forget what these guys have done.
      They have caused the misery and deaths of hundreds of thousands of people with terminal illness by denying them safe access to their medicine.
      They have arrested and jailed hundreds of thousands more with a widespread campaign of persecution and harassment of minorities in the community.
      They have robbed us of industries and a healthy economy.
      They have flushed this nation and many more down the toilet. In doing so they have committed crimes against humanity and genocide.
      This naughty boy face is the face of a genocidal maniac.
      He needs to be in prison for the rest of our lives.
      Legalize! Apologize!Compensate!
      Then commence the drug war trials.

    5. Dave Evans says:

      They are just stalling. They are afraid. What do you think is going to happen to these jerks when *everyone* knows they have been the victims of this huge mis-appropiation of the public dollar? They are going to be sued ’till they don’t have a cent! Stalling is their only option at this point.

    6. Ron Combs says:

      I don’t know how this stupid Howdy Doody lookin bastard has managed to stay in Ky. state government this long.But now that i’m a registerd voter his days are numberd.

    7. Jeedi says:

      Is this the last guy to get the memo on the failed drug war? In the not too distant future, this guy’s view will be considered not only moronic, but racist, irresponsible, and full of hate. Marijuana consumers have been viciously trampled on by government, not because of real facts or science, but with lies, ignorance, and the support of the system.

    8. kansas roy says:

      thats it mitch! youre goin back to de-tox! and by the way, youre fired!

      why is it that mj is still classified as schedule 1, no health benefits, yet OUR government has been allowing big pharma to make, sell, and profit off the distribution and sales of marinol, which is derived from mj? pay attention, mitch, doesnt this sound really hippocritical? im startin to smell kickbacks here….
      do you ever have a few drinks before you go to bed, or at those fancy elite dinner affairs you rich politicians think you have earned from us humble taxpayers? have you had your driver get you home safely a few times? if so, then YOU GET HIGH, TOO!!! except you pour it down instead of toking it up! is that difference a good reason to tear apart families, arrest and imprison people, allow criminal cartels to get rich while murdering people, all because you want to criminalyze a plant!
      i can only hope that the american people rise up and vote every moron like you out of office! soon!
      signed,
      sincerely,
      up yores

    9. caninebob says:

      Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
      “Because of the harm that substances like marijuana and other narcotics pose to our society, I have concerns about this legislation. The detrimental effects of drugs have been well documented: short-term memory loss, loss of core motor functions, heightened risk of lung disease, and even death.”

      Prohibitionist arguments have always been quite laughable, the government originally warned of the dangers of reefer addicted jazz musicians and immigrants corrupting our youth and harming women. However, we’ve come a long way since the 1930?s and the fact that a high ranking elected official in the 21st century can say something so blatantly untrue with a straight face is disturbing at best. Centuries worth of use and countless volumes of research prove Senator McConnell’s statement to be nothing more than lies and scaremongering. Perhaps the good Senator should do some research of his own, if he did he’d find that inhaled cannabis has been shown safe and effective in trials using FDA’s own ‘gold standard’ method.

      As long as our representatives in Congress hold such archaic, patently false views on marijuana our efforts to end prohibition will forever be stymied. We need to hold our politicians accountable and if they continue to make statements such as these, they will lose our support come election time.
      The time to end the prohibition of Marijuana,(not drugs as a whole) is now and I ask you to at least read some of the reasons why.
      1) Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 80 million Americans. According to government surveys, some 20 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 11 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use. Our public policies should reflect this reality, not deny it.

      2) Marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco.”A careful search of the literature and testimony of the nation’s health officials has not revealed a single human fatality in the United States proven to have resulted solely from ingestion of marihuana. Experiments with the drug in monkeys demonstrated that the dose required for overdose death was enormous and for all practical purposes unachievable by humans smoking marihuana. This is in marked contrast to other substances in common use, most notably alcohol and barbiturate sleeping pills.”
      Marijuana is classified under federal law as a Schedule I controlled substance, defined as a drug with a high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use in the U.S., and unsafe for use even under medical supervision. Other Schedule I drugs include heroin, LSD and PCP.
      Schedule II drugs — still considered to have high abuse potential but with accepted medical uses and considered safe for use under medical supervision — include cocaine, morphine and methamphetamine. That’s right, federal law currently classifies marijuana as more dangerous than methamphetamine .
      It gets stranger still. THC, the component responsible for marijuana’s “high” (but not all of its therapeutic benefits) is available as a prescription pill called Marinol. Marinol is classed in Schedule III — rated as having lower abuse or dependence potential than Schedule I or II drugs. Indeed, the abuse risks of Schedule III drugs are considered so modest that your doctor can phone in a prescription! This is the case even though the American College of Physicians has noted that Marinol’s psychoactive effects are “more severe” than marijuana’s.
      This federal classification — enacted by Congress in 1970 and not based on any scientific or medical assessment — stands reality on its head. It ignores the massive evidence of marijuana’s medical value, and treats marijuana as more dangerous than pure THC, heroin, and meth. This is simply ludicrous, which is why in February 2008 the American College of Physicians stated, ” ACP urges review of marijuana’s status as a Schedule I controlled substance and its reclassification into a more appropriate schedule, given the scientific evidence regarding marijuana’s safety and efficacy in some clinical conditions.”

      The World Health Organization reached the same conclusion in 1995.
      Source:
      Shafer, Raymond P., et al, Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding, Ch. III, (Washington DC: National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, 1972).
      http://druglibrary.net/schaffer/Library/studies/nc/ncc3.htm
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      Hall, W., Room, R. & Bondy, S., WHO Project on Health Implications of Cannabis Use: A Comparative Appraisal of the Health and Psychological Consequences of Alcohol, Cannabis, Nicotine and Opiate Use, August 28, 1995, (Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, March 1998).
      http://www.druglibrary.net/schaffer/hemp/general/who-index.htm
      The DEA’s Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young concluded: “In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.”
      Source:
      US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, “In the Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition,” [Docket #86-22], (September 6, 1988), p. 57.
      http://www.iowamedicalmarijuana.org/pdfs/young.pdf

      Around 50,000 people die each year from alcohol poisoning. Similarly, more than 400,000 deaths each year are attributed to tobacco smoking. By comparison, marijuana is nontoxic and cannot cause death by overdose.
      According to the prestigious European medical journal, The Lancet, “The smoking of cannabis, even long-term, is not harmful to health. … It would be reasonable to judge cannabis as less of a threat … than alcohol or tobacco.”

      3) Legalization of marijuana would cut down on crime. Because marijuana is illegal, it is difficult to manufacture, and is expensive, so users often have to turn to crime to sustain their habit. Legalization would drive the price down and alleviate this problem. Currently, much of the crime that goes on is a result of territory disputes between dealers. Legalization of marijuana would hurt organized crime as a whole. If marijuana was legal, the entire infrastructure of organized crime involved in its manufacturing and distribution would lose any reason for existence because marijuana would be legally produced and sold at a much cheaper price by legitimate companies. Police officers and suspected informants often face retribution by gangs and drug dealers. Legalization of marijuana would simply eliminate the need for dealers and put a stop to all this. Legalization would cut down on corruption in the law enforcement, the government. Officials will no longer be tempted into accepting bribes, and pocketing large amounts of drug money.

      4) Legalization would free up resources to fight legitimate crimes. It would end prison overcrowding, as many prisoners are sitting in jails for non-violent possession convictions. It would free up the court system and the police and allow them to concentrate on other crimes. Enforcing marijuana prohibition costs taxpayers an estimated $10 billion annually and results in the arrest of more than 872,000 individuals per year — far more than the total number of arrestees for all violent crimes combined, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Fighting marijuana-related “crimes” is costing us tax money.
      There have been over eight million cannabis arrests in the United States since 1993, including 786,545 arrests in 2005. Cannabis users have been arrested at the rate of 1 every 40 seconds. About 88% of all marijuana arrests are for possession – not manufacture or distribution.
      Although large-scale marijuana growing operations are frequently targeted by police in raids to attack the supply side and discourage the spread and marketing of the plant, the great majority of those arrested for cannabis are there for possession alone. However, in 1997, the vast majority of inmates in state prisons for marijuana related convictions were convicted of offenses other than simple possession.
      According to the most recent Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Uniform Crime Report, police arrested 847,864 persons for marijuana violations in 2008. Of those charged with marijuana violations, 754,224 were charged with possession only. The remaining 93,640 individuals were charged with “sale/manufacture,” a category that does not differentiate for cultivation offenses, even those where the marijuana was being grown for personal or medical use. Marijuana arrests now comprise about one-half (49.8 percent) of all drug arrests reported in the United States

      5) Legalizing marijuana would make it safer for users. One of the main reasons why marijuana is unsafe right now is because it isn’t regulated, and its quality isn’t monitored by anyone. When people buy marijuana, they don’t know for sure what they’re getting or where it’s been. By legalizing, the goverment could safely control the potency of distributed marijuana.

      6) The government has no right to interfere with people’s right to life, liberty, and the pursut of happiness as it is currently doing. Smoking marijuana only has the potential to hurt the health of the user. An individual should have the right to choose to use it. People are allowed to skydive, and drive cars. There are risks in those and many other activities, but the government isn’t regulating them. Sure, smoking marijuana does put others at minimal risk through second hand smoke and the user’s actions towards others, but this is also valid for alcohol and tobacco. When cannabis(marijuana) is enjoyed responsibly, subjecting users to harsh criminal and civil penalties provides no public benefit and causes terrible injustices. For reasons of public safety, public health, economics and justice, the prohibition laws should be repealed to the extent that they criminalize responsible cannabis use.

      7) It can help stop suffering from many medical conditions.Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of neuropathic pain (pain from nerve damage) — nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant, specifically for patients suffering from HIV, the AIDS wasting syndrome, or dementia. Emerging research suggests that marijuana’s medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors and are neuroprotective.
      Marinol is the brand name for the generic drug called dronabinol. It is a man-made form of marijuana THC. It was made available to patients (with prescriptions from their doctors) in 1986. It has primarily been used as an anti-nausea drug for chemotherapy patients. It is also approved for the treatment of wasting syndrome associated with HIV/AIDS.
      Many patients prefer to grow their own natural cannabis to Marinol for a number of reasons. A main limitation of Marinol is that it is available only as a pill that is taken orally. If you have nausea and vomiting, trying to swallow a pill can be a challenge. If you do manage to keep the pill down, you have to wait up to four hours for the Marinol to reach its peak effect. And only 5 – 20% of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream. Another limitation of Marinol is that it contains only one compound – THC. Natural cannabis contains 60 cannabinoids (THC is the main one) and it is the interaction of these compounds with each other that gives a good therapuetic effect. Unlike pot, Marinol contains only THC so it has more psychoactive effects and less of the other medicinal effects that come from the other cannabinoids. Some Marinol patients describe hallucinations and other disturbing side effects. Marinol also is very expensive, costing about $500 – $1000 for a month’s supply. One advantage of Marinol is that is it pure and does not contain any bacteria, fungi, or pesticides. You can avoid this problem not smoking the medication and choosing another method to take cannabis (vaporizer or tinctures).
      ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2007) — The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.
      They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy.
      THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.
      “The beauty of this study is that we are showing that a substance of abuse, if used prudently, may offer a new road to therapy against lung cancer,” said Anju Preet, Ph.D., a researcher in the Division of Experimental Medicine.
      Acting through cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, endocannabinoids (as well as THC) are thought to play a role in variety of biological functions, including pain and anxiety control, and inflammation. Although a medical derivative of THC, known as Marinol, has been approved for use as an appetite stimulant for cancer patients, and a small number of U.S. states allow use of medical marijuana to treat the same side effect, few studies have shown that THC might have anti-tumor activity, Preet says. The only clinical trial testing THC as a treatment against cancer growth was a recently completed British pilot study in human glioblastoma.
      In the present study, the researchers first demonstrated that two different lung cancer cell lines as well as patient lung tumor samples express CB1 and CB2, and that non-toxic doses of THC inhibited growth and spread in the cell lines. “When the cells are pretreated with THC, they have less EGFR stimulated invasion as measured by various in-vitro assays,” Preet said.
      Then, for three weeks, researchers injected standard doses of THC into mice that had been implanted with human lung cancer cells, and found that tumors were reduced in size and weight by about 50 percent in treated animals compared to a control group. There was also about a 60 percent reduction in cancer lesions on the lungs in these mice as well as a significant reduction in protein markers associated with cancer progression, Preet says.
      Although the researchers do not know why THC inhibits tumor growth, they say the substance could be activating molecules that arrest the cell cycle. They speculate that THC may also interfere with angiogenesis and vascularization, which promotes cancer growth.
      Preet says much work is needed to clarify the pathway by which THC functions, and cautions that some animal studies have shown that THC can stimulate some cancers. “THC offers some promise, but we have a long way to go before we know what its potential is,”American Association for Cancer Research (2007, April 17).
      Meanwhile, the U.S. government, which supposedly has no horse in the medical marijuana race, has patented medical marijuana. US Patent 6630507 was assigned to the United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human services on October 7, 2003 and protects “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.”
      8) In 1492, Christopher Columbus brought Cannibis Sativa to America. From 1000 to 1500, the use of marijuana spread further. The French and British grew hemp in the colonies of Port Royal, Virginia and Plymouth. In 1619 a law was passed in Jamestown, Virginia Colony, which required farmers to grow hemp.
      During America’s colonial era, many of the founding fathers — including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson — espoused its manufacturing for rope, sails and paper. Early settlers also used hemp seeds as a source for lamp oil and some colonies made hemp cultivation compulsory, calling its production necessary for the “wealth and protection of the country.”
      Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper, which allowed America to have a free colonial press without having to beg or justify paper and books from England. Furthermore, the rope that was used in his famous lighting experiment was a hemp rope.
      Rudolph Diesel
      When Rudolph Diesel produced his famous engine in 1896, he assumed that the diesel engine would be powered by a variety of fuels, especially vegetable and seed oils. Rudolph Diesel, like most engineers then, believed vegetable fuels were superior to petroleum. Hemp is the most efficient vegetable.
      Henry Ford Experimented with hemp to build cars.In 1908, Henry Ford made his first Model T with hemp plastic. The car was fueled with hemp ethanol.
      In the 1930s, the Ford Motor Company saw a future in biomass fuels. Ford operated a successful biomass conversion plant that included hemp at their Iron Mountain facility in Michigan. Ford engineers extracted methanol, charcoal fuel, tar, pitch, ethyl acetate, and creosote—all fundamental ingredients for modern industry, and now supplied by oil-related industries.
      Fiorello La Guardia, the mayor of New York, spoke out against the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act, saying the majority of Americans did not want the law and it should be abolished. He was skeptical of the government’s claims and propaganda touting marijuana as a dangerous, evil, killer narcotic. La Guardia commissioned a six-year study by a group of 31 impartial scientists. After an in-depth scientific analysis, researchers concluded that marijuana does not cause violent, psychotic episodes, is not responsible for anti-social behavior, does not cause uncontrollable sexual urges and does not alter a person’s core personality structure.
      It is time to stop being a pawn to the big corporate lobbist and stop with the scare tactics
      we the people are smarter then you think replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation similar to that used for alcoholic beverages would produce combined savings and tax revenues of between $10 billion and $14 billion per year, finds a June 2005 report by Dr. Jeffrey Miron, visiting professor of economics at Harvard University.
      Dr. Miron’s paper, “The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition,” concludes:
      **Replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of legal regulation would save approximately $7.7 billion in government expenditures on prohibition enforcement — $2.4 billion at the federal level and $5.3 billion at the state and local levels.

      **Revenue from taxation of marijuana sales would range from $2.4 billion per year if marijuana were taxed like ordinary consumer goods to $6.2 billion if it were taxed like alcohol or tobacco.
      These impacts are considerable, according to the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. For example, $14 billion in annual combined annual savings and revenues would cover the securing of all “loose nukes” in the former Soviet Union (estimated by former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb at $30 billion) in less than three years.
      Just one year’s savings would cover the full cost of anti-terrorism port security measures required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. The Coast Guard has estimated these costs, covering 3,150 port facilities and 9,200 vessels, at $7.3 billion total.
      As Milton Friedman and over 500 economists have now said, it’s time for a serious debate about whether marijuana prohibition makes any sense,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. “We know that prohibition hasn’t kept marijuana away from kids, since year after year 85% of high school seniors tell government survey-takers that marijuana is ‘easy to get.’ Conservatives, especially, are beginning to ask whether we’re getting our money’s worth or simply throwing away billions of tax dollars that might be used to protect America from real threats.

      Thank you for you time on this subject

      Legalization, Regulation, Taxation

    10. Italics Mine says:

      The problem is there’s a lot of people who sing along with Mitch. And they sing off key because they only know the words, and not the tune.

    11. Nancy Lee Garrett says:

      This is another old crony that is out of touch in more ways than one. We have too many like Senator Mitch McConnel in political office’s.
      I have been smoking for 43 years, and guess what I’m still here and healthy as a thoroughbred horse.

    12. txpeloton says:

      Senator McConnell, your obfuscation kills. The obfuscation in the abstruse definition of marijuana kills. Cannabis doesn’t kill. THC doesn’t kill. If you would speak clearly, then you could say that the smoke is ill. Senator, you can evolve the exercise of civics with this simple definition of marijuana.

      16. The term ‘marijuana’ means all parts
      of the smoke produced by the combustion
      of the plant Cannabis sativa L.

      For more information, google Talking Points for the Peloton.

    13. chris b says:

      The problem is there’s a lot of people who sing along with Mitch. And they sing off key because they only know the words, and not the tune.
      Thats quite poetic:)

    14. Joel: the other Joel says:

      I decided to do I more reply on this guy:
      I hope he goes away and leaves the Senate.

    15. lyle says:

      -short-term memory loss
      -loss of core motor functions
      -heightened risk of lung disease
      Well, he has suffered 3, lets hope the 4th comes a calling on him soon!

    16. Don says:

      @caninebob – What an excellent post! My first thought is that every single one of us should copy it and sent it to our Senators and Congressmen. But, then reality set in… The odds of any of them reading it past the first few sentences are not very good… I doubt that Senator McConnell is even capable of reading it with any understanding…

    17. michael says:

      Shame at this point in time we still have folks wallowing in ignorance. How sad?

    18. name says:

      I dont even have time for this joke. I gotta go to work. Then when i come home im going to smoke a joint and watch cat videos on youtube and pray some lunatic doesnt bust down my door and shoot me.

    19. Fed-Up says:

      Any flaw or attribute of human behavior- genetic or enviornmental, can be blamed on cannabis use:

      It’s the drug of contradiction.

      His reactions are too fast or too slow
      She talks quick or not fast anough
      His motor skills are inhanced or their impaired
      The sex drive is increased or it’s a libido killer
      A person went on a rage or it calmed them down
      I made her sleepy or it caused insomnia
      It heightenes euphoria or depression
      It promotes passitivity or aggression.

      Have you ever heard any of these senators talk?
      Their long winded dialogues, the pauses between sentences,
      the irritabilty,the anger issues,whats their EXCUSE for their debilitation

      Gravity and DNA degradation

      Perhaps being Human?

    20. Dave says:

      Okay. Narcotic? You say Narcotic… Be careful what you label on people. We are potheads. We are not Alcohol Addict. We are not smoke tobacco. Don’t stereotype us, period. It is not true about what he says. It is true about fact what we look for truth. McConnell, you are senator, you have degrees, you have education, you have good pay well, you have good family, and everything what you have but you are really not smartest enough what you do in political and talk is no good. I looked at you and all politicians are fascists unveiled craziest greedy dirty oppressors with war machine and denial ability, oh that their favorite is denial ability, no wonder they say no, no, no, no, no, no to them. Enough obsess about past of “Say no” campaign. Oh please today is 2012, not 1960s anymore. Duh! Ever weed is safest than drugs and other. Why you keep denial ability? Because you have favor-ism, oh that your problem, not our problem. All of you who politicians, lobbyists, governors, prohibitionists and others are so ugliest ever I see in my life in the world. You look bad. Also, I am proud of America, but I don’t proud of U.S. government like mostly people agree with me. Sadly, you are ignorance and need to open-minded. If you not then respect them and walk away that simple…. accept hard!

    21. asnononimbus says:

      He even looks dumb and stupid .

    22. Ben says:

      I agree with everybody on this blog.

      Pot will eventually be legalized in spite of folks like mr Mitch. We the people demand it. In Alaska 58% of folks voting voted in favor of medical marijuana and dicriminization of 1 oz. ….58%!!!! I’ll bet Mitch didn’t get 58% of the vote when he was elected!!

      It’s gonna happen. Pot will be legalized!!

      Long live peace and freedom!!!

    23. Ray DiPasquale says:

      It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere. Voltaire

    24. Ray DiPasquale says:

      Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows. Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could. P. J. O’Rourke

    25. Dan says:

      WOW! He should really try it before he comments! It might help to straighten that goofy smile of his!

    26. Nancy Lee Garrett says:

      @caninebob OMG! Please make your post’s smaller. I gave up reading it after the first paragraph. Your post’s should not be more than 2 paragraph’s long.

    27. Ll says:

      Why is Obama fighting Nixon’s drug war?

    28. T Eliason says:

      How do I contact this putz ?

    29. Zuke says:

      @caninebob

      Hey man, I’d just like to point out; do you think we’d be here if we didn’t already realize that ‘now is the time to legalize marijuana’? As followers and often contributers to norml, we’re all very well versed on the laundry list of reasons marijuana needs to be legal. Your heart’s in the right place, but trust me man, you’re preaching to the choir.

      As to the article thinger, I always find it strange how when someone is scrounging for reasons that marijuana is dangerous, they cite short term memory loss. Really? Fun fact; did you know walking through doorways has been proven to negatively affect your short term memory? I’m serious, look that shit up. Are doorways dangerous then? I guess you can walk into them, but that’s besides the point.

      And why exactly are we assuming people are invalids? If weed causes loss of coordination and memory loss then people can just not smoke weed when they’re doing things that require those functions. We trust people like that when it comes to alcohol. Not to mention in my personal experience with…other people…who smoke marijuana (of course I’ve never done something like that. I’m just a regular old 100% law abiding citizen with only the utmost respect for our war on drugs!) I’ve noticed very little of this alleged loss of motor coordination. Maybe a bit when one consumes a rather large amount, but one can also vomit when they eat a rather large amount of cake. Does that mean we should say cake causes vomiting?

      Then again I’m saying this, but we all know the issue isn’t really that he believes those things. He likely does, but that’s not really what’s in question here. Just like many politicians he’s playing politics and attempting to maintain the status quo as best he can, and can’t just say “I make money off of people who make money off of marijuana being illegal, and I get nothing out of supporting marijuana. Therefore I must struggle to fight reform in any…form.”

    30. palemalemarcher says:

      Very simple, since Sen. McConnnell & the ALEC campaign donors refuse a new source of revenue, why shouldn’t we ask the 1% to pay their fair share?.

    31. Note: In Judge Young’s report cannabis is referred to as marijuana

      UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
      Drug Enforcement Administration

      _______________________________________
      )
      In The Matter Of )
      ) Docket No. 86-22
      MARIJUANA RESCHEDULING PETITION )
      _______________________________________)

      OPINION AND RECOMMENDED RULING, FINDINGS OF
      FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW AND DECISION OF
      Administrative LAW JUDGE.

      FRANCIS L. YOUNG, Administrative Law Judge

      DATED: SEP 6 1988

      FRANCIS L. YOUNG, Administrative Law Judge

      ……………………

      Part VIII.

      ACCEPTED SAFETY FOR USE UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION

      With respect to whether or not there is “a lack of accepted safety
      for use of [marijuana] under medical supervision”, the record shows the
      following facts to be uncontroverted.

      Findings of Fact

      Point 3. The most obvious concern when dealing with drug safety is the possibility of lethal effects. Can the drug cause death?

      4. Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects. But marijuana is not such a substance. There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality.

      5. This is a remarkable statement. First, the record on marijuana encompasses 5,000 years of human experience. Second, marijuana is now used daily by enormous numbers of people throughout the world. Estimates suggest that from twenty million to fifty million Americans routinely, albeit illegally, smoke marijuana without the benefit of direct medical supervision. Yet, despite this long history of use and the extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers, there are simply no credible medical reports to suggest that consuming marijuana has caused a single death.

      6. By contrast aspirin, a commonly used, over-the-counter medicine, causes hundreds of deaths each year.

      7. Drugs used in medicine are routinely given what is called an LD-50. The LD-50 rating indicates at what dosage fifty percent of test animals receiving a drug will die as a result of drug induced toxicity. A number of researchers have attempted to determine marijuana’s LD-50 rating in test animals, without success. Simply stated, researchers have been unable to give animals enough marijuana to induce death.

      8. At present it is estimated that marijuana’s LD-50 is around

      1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in onemarijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.

      9. In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity.

      10. Another common medical way to determine drug safety is called the therapeutic ratio. This ratio defines the difference between a therapeutically effective dose and a dose which is capable of inducing adverse effects.

      11. A commonly used over-the-counter product like aspirin has a therapeutic ratio of around 1:20. Two aspirins are the recommended dose for adult patients. Twenty times this dose, forty aspirins, may cause a lethal reaction in some patients, and will almost certainly cause gross injury to the digestive system, including extensive internal bleeding.

      12. The therapeutic ratio for prescribed drugs is commonly around 1:10 or lower. Valium, a commonly used prescriptive drug, may cause very serious biological damage if patients use ten times the recommended (therapeutic) dose.

      13. There are, of course, prescriptive drugs which have much lower therapeutic ratios. Many of the drugs used to treat patients with cancer, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis are highly toxic. The therapeutic ratio of some of the drugs used in antineoplastic therapies, for example, are regarded as extremely toxic poisons with therapeutic ratios that may fall below 1:1.5. These drugs also have very low LD-50 ratios and can result in toxic, even lethal reactions, while being properly employed.

      14. By contrast, marijuana’s therapeutic ratio, like its LD-50, is impossible to quantify because it is so high.

      15. In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating ten raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death.

      16. Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care.”

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    32. Ben says:

      Caninebob:

      I really like your post. Its making mr mitch look just like another silly politician out of touch with information. Love it

      Back in the day, I was smoking a joint when I saw our then president Ronald Reagan announce that marijuana was the most dangerous drug in America. All I could say at the time was, Cool Man. Lol

      All these years later we are still hearing the same old tired stuff

    33. With so much support for Cannabis, and the obviously broken/delusional/ignorant/murdurous govt which still supports decades old, ignorant, racist lies and propaganda, why aren’t we doing anything about it? The longer prohibition continues, and the reasons why – the more ridiculous it gets! In my eyes, the govt (which is the result of the masses support) is responsible for –
      EVERY nonviolent drug offenders life that’s ruined, and what they go through in prison
      ALL the deaths that continue to tally due to the war on drugs
      This system responsible for anyone who had to resort to the black market and had something unfortunate happen to them as well as any deaths in the black market
      This system is responsible for ALL the tax payer money wasted in fighting an obviously failing war

      This system is responsible for ALL the pain and suffering that MILLIONS had to go through because they couldn’t get a safe and natural alternative to help their ailments

      The current structure is responsible for ALL of the people who became addicted top prescription drugs because they couldn’t get access to cannabis

      The establishment is responsible for the DEATHS of ALL the people who’s lives cannabis COULD HAVE SAVED

      The establishment is responsible for the deaths of unarmed, nonviolent citizens (and pets) during drugs raids

      The establishment is responsible for all propaganda filled human beings who walk around with ignorant, distorted views of one of the most benign substances on earth

      The establishment is responsible for not allowing the hemp industry to flourish to keep profits in other polluting and corrupt industries like OIL

      Denying hemp also stopped all the possibilities of all hemp products which could replace so many wasteful and polluting products we use today

      Lastly, establishment policies (which in a way are supported by the public through continuing to vote for the nonsense called politics) are responsible for future incidents where all the things I mentioned will continue to happen!

      How many lives would this add up to? How much money squandered? How many families ruined, and children displaced? It is truly disturbing the damage that cannabis prohibition alone has done to society!

      With 20,000 studies on cannabis, no deaths directly related to cannabis, and a govt that is in cahoots with big pharma/alcohol/tobacco, and refuses any findings or studies on cannabis, it’s very CLEAR WHAT WE NEED TO DO! This list doesn’t include all the other ways maintaining political and monetary systems harm the ENTIRE PLANET! Nonviolent, civil disobedience and mass nonparticipation is in order NOW! Let 2012 be the year we kick this shit off!!! Stop looking within the system for solutions!!! If you continue to promote a politician, think throwing money at the issue, or anything the current elite classes use to operate society, you may as well just give up.

      The establishment is not in any way here for your best interests. It makes zero sense to keep trying to do the same shit over and over within a system that is meant to suppress the masses through a wide variety of methods – its literally insane! Look anywhere in history – the values and “beliefs” of the public are based around the interests of the dominant class of the period. Right now we are dominated by a small 1% of the population due to the interests they have, and legal & economic structures they keep in place. So when you try to use their system to get something changed, one can see how we’ve been stuck for decades in a state of institutional classism. Laws are written to protect elite interests. When the people become educated, stand together, and discontinue support of harmful, contrived institutions, we will then begin taking steps towards civilization. Even the 1% are human beings – maybe some of them can wake up too. But, if the people CANNOT come together on common ground, recognize the root/core issues, and unite across the planet in a way never before seen in history, everyone may as well stop all forms of activism now.

    34. Sepi says:

      @Paradigm Shift 2012
      You are correct however people must use their votes in addition to posting on public chat boards. Fire each and every one in all of your local, state and national elections until you get the representation that actually represents “you” the constituent. Archaic prohibitionist laws are flawed in both practice and theory because they are based in lies. We all need to be preaching this message to the uninformed, the mal-informed, and the ignorant, not just preaching to the choir. All of us here in the choir already know how the tune is really sung. Peace! Oh yeah! Start with this lying sack from Kentucky…I’ll bet he’s taken more than a few kickbacks from Kentucky based tobacco growers and other lobbyist. Now there’s a substasnce that definitively has been proven to kill. What an ignorant man.

    35. hooty54 says:

      Letter to Congressman:

      Dear Congressman would you please support bill XXX to change US cannabis laws and stop treating cannabis users as criminals with harsh prison sentences.

      My Congressman’s Personal Response:

      I will never support legalizing drugs as I have seen the devastation of drug addiction; the children left without parents that society must care for and the crime that drug addicts commit prevent me from supporting any bill that would make drugs legal.

      If there is anything else that my office can help you with please do not hesitate to write.

      While I paraphrased a letter from perhaps 6 years ago, this type of response is far too common when Cannabis cannot be discussed alone on its own merits without including every other drug on the planet.

      This mindset did not happen by accident, in many minds the US has 1 recreational drug and that is 1 too many; too many Americans cannot separate cannabis from heroin or other drugs as our government has done a great job of confusing the subject.

      Drugs are approved by the FDA on a daily basis with serious safety issues but even IF the US had dozens of new studies the FDA will never approve of cannabis legalization.

      Cannabis reform can only come by an act of congress that removes cannabis from “The Controlled Substances Act” it is in their charter.

      The only way the US will see reasonable change is getting it removed from the Controlled Substances Act.

    36. SKYRIDER says:

      Not even talking weed, this man seems to be sent from HELL just to frack up the world. look at his past, he only herts us all. the guy is a real pig. we must get him out of the white house. SKYRIDER.

    37. Psu says:

      pretty easy to overdose on it

    38. chris b says:

      @Psu ‘What is eazy to Overdose on?

    39. John Silverton says:

      The Senator is patently full of BS!

      If pot killed, I would not have made it past my teens; I am now in my mid sixties and still alive, healthy and cognitively functional, and my driving record is whistle clean after having a license for over 40 years.

      So much for political hype/spin.

    40. John Silverton says:

      @Ron Combs:
      You say you “…don’t know how this stupid Howdy Doody lookin bastard has managed to stay in Ky. state government this long…”

      Simple: Kentucky is a tobacco growing state. Therefore; anything that threatens that industry is subject to legislation to keep anything that would undermine it’s main business. Once people find out that pot is safer and more fun than tobacco, the tobacco industry is history.

      And, since pot is so easy to grow, everyone can, and will produce their own at home.

      Even if the tobacco industry changes to raising pot, they will not survive long after pot becomes legal to grow, sell, buy, distribute and use.

      The other industry that will be affected is the alcoholic beverage industry. In addition to this, there is a not-so-small fortune made off ofthe maintainance and funding of millitary operations in foreign countries to control the traffiking of drugs.

      Finally, there has grown up around this issue a rehabilitation industry that makes a lot of money off of court mandated attendance, and the legal community who prosecute the cases.

      As long as these vested interests rule with their power and money, we will be under the rule of prohibition.

      Where there is big money, there is big legislation.

    41. Jerry Cook says:

      Thanks John Silverton, so true.
      For vested interests, the entire legal system & biz of prisons backed by military is huge wasted cost in cash and lives-largest on planet and increasing.
      As you also say, both tobacco & alcohol have big vested interests. Mitch shows his tobacco interests over truth.
      You can also add Big Pharma to that list. And the odd mix of ind. hemp (Anslinger lies made them one, sweet hemp/ganja & ind. hemp) is added due to other fibre makers, plastics, cotton, wood pulp opposing. There are also food interests opposing.

      Thats a lot of money on control lies for truth to overcome.
      But what is happening is that truth is bringing change anyhow. All that money will not stop it inevitably. Its wasted cost. The cartels are the big winners too. This insanity is now being seen.

      The states are forcing change as are other places on planet. The people who learn the truth, you and many of us know already, are being heard louder and larger.
      Truth will prevail and this golden broad use plant will be a part of the world’s lives in all its uses as it was before the early 1900′s, even more so. H Fords idea of uses will happen, and so much more.

      Its in the fastest change right now since 1937 and it won’t be stopped, even by Fed Terrorism of states and people, and those ignorants/bought offs in each state, or huge money control of the Fed.
      The truth, due to the net, and so many of us on Earth, all levels, talking, is the larger wealth, that ends the truth being hidden & legislated against any longer by any buy off money.
      Fewer people will vote for lies and those who support that.

    42. fools says:

      Most will be happy to know that fools like this are becoming rarer and rarer among us everyday. :). We will win, they willise. Period. Legalize it.

    43. fools says:

      Whoops, dumb phone likes to change my words sometimes. Let’s try that again. We will win, they WILL lose. :)

    44. cassy says:

      recheck yourself MITCH .POT DONT KILL……………….ACT?IONS DO,marijuana deaths=o if it is capable of curing then why is it being mentioned as a drug that is killing…..wow .you need a reality check senator i argue against that.think about it peoples actions sre what kills marijuana alone is unharmful proven studies noone is capable of overdose

    45. cassy says:

      legalize it

    46. Troy says:

      Weed kills?!?! Holy shit! I need to quit!

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