Kansas State Representative Defends Prohibition, Goes Full Racist

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director January 8, 2018

    At an event over the weekend, Kansas State Representative Steve Alford (R) defended the continuation of marijuana prohibition by reverting to the kind of overtly racist rhetoric originally deployed by Henry Anslinger when this failed policy was first implemented.

    It is important to remember: Marijuana prohibition perpetuates institutional racism and is itself being perpetuated by racists.

    “What you really need to do is go back in the ’30s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas (and) across the United States,” Kansas Rep. Steve Alford said. “What was the reason why they did that? One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, was that the African Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst off to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that.”

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    You can share your thoughts with him here (since they apparently don’t have social media back in 1928):

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    59 responses to “Kansas State Representative Defends Prohibition, Goes Full Racist”

    1. Matt says:

      Letters sent! Hope everyone joins all who have sent letters. Hope the old man is forced to resign!

      • Matt says:

        going to check Common Dreams and other activist sites to see how big this story is getting. Hope it makes national news!

    2. Julian says:

      “What you really need to do is go back in the 2010’s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas (and) across the United States,” the response to Kansas Rep. Steve Alford said. “What was the reason why they did that? One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, was that the Caucasian men that work for Koch Industries and other racist outfits, they are basically prohibitionists and tax payer subsidy abusers and they basically responded the worst off to those Koch kickbacks just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that.”

    3. WhatAbout says:

      Agree, please don’t forget H.R.1227 and H.R. 2020. But these are politicians, so by definition progress is elusive. I know if I was as progressive on the job as they are I’d be unemployed.

    4. Julian says:

      Freedom Actions Partners Fund, backed by the racist Koch brothers who were raised by a Nazi nanny, wont back up Kansas Republican candidates if they represent clean energy:


      Hemp is clean energy:


      One of the most poignant facts about Harry Anslinger blaming “darkies” and “Mexicans’ for bringing “marijuana” to “rape our white women” (Like Trump starting his campaign by blaming “Mexicans for bringing their rapists”) … is that in order to pass the Marijuana Stamp Act of 1937 to begin marijuana prohibition 86 years ago… poor white farmers that voted for that Marijuana Stamp Act had little to no idea that the “marijuana” they were condemning was the hemp that kept their farms alive.

      Racism is always about the acquisition of property. Many of these relatively poor white farmers were looking at the prosperous farms and gardens of Mexican American citizens. If they could manage a campaign to seize these properties by having Mexican-American citizens deported… which they did with racist marijuana propaganda… they only saw the immediate value of their gains. Racist propaganda from wealthy people who did not wish to compete with a domestic hemp industry were able to use hatred and racism to cheat poor racist white farmers out of the farms… because even though they got their Mexican-American citizen neighbors deported to steal their land, without hemp they couldn’t afford to sustain their own farms. So Petrochemical patent owners and racist bureaucrats like Anslinger fooled the poor white racists out the the land they forced off of Mexican American citizens by getting them illegally deported.

    5. Julian says:

      This same pattern happened again in the 1940’s after the Hemp for Victory Campaign, when Mexicans were granted citizenship to grow hemp for the war effort during WWII. American citizens employed to grow and harvest “illegal” hemp were deported by the tens of thousands again by President Eisenhower after the war was over.

      During the 30’s and 40’s, Charles and David Koch’s father and family had patents on petrochemicals like cellulose plastics that would lose value in an open domestic hemp market. (We can make plastic out of hemp; http://www.hempcar.org)

      This racist propaganda to steal minority land was nothing new for the Koch family. During the 20’s, they stole oil-rich property from Oklahoma to Kansas after they killed Wazaze Indian families for headrights or lied about the amount of barrels they were pumping out of Indian Country so they could control the petrol oil market for the most promising products of the industial age: plastics and fuel… at the cheapest possible stolen price.

      A good book on the subject of how bad the murder of Indians was for oil rights during that time is the recent book “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann.

      Now why would any one in the 1930’s with a bunch of oil fields they killed innocent people for want to have a domestic hemp market that could produce plastics and fuel renewably to compete with? Well, unless they were decent human beings and found the value in sharing the land with all the collateral benefits of a domestic hemp economy… but when your Nanny is a Nazi, that kind of education isn’t forthcoming…

    6. Michael Smith says:

      Please, just consider, for a moment, the “Genetics” of this Human. GOD have pity on his, “and that”.

      46 years with, “GOD’s Breath”.

    7. Julian says:

      This kind of racist marijuana propaganda is why Shona Banda (who grew marijuana to treat her Chrone’s disease) had to flee to California with her 11-year-old son after he was released from Kansas state custody and terrorized by Kansas authorities to testify against his own mother.

      • Julian says:

        And all because the kid stood up to sone cops at a DARE meeting and said “marijuana isn’t bad; it helps my mother.”

        We wish Shona and her son well in her new life in California.

        Kansas remains one of the only states with no marijuana laws passed, not even medical or CBD only.

      • Matt says:

        thanks, Julian. That poor women and child SHAMEFUL ON KANSAS officials!

    8. Sean says:

      Obviously, this asshole is living proof of the racist nature of the war on cannabis.

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