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

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive 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. Andrew says:

      Ok, cannabis is not a drug, it is an herb. Second, death? What an ignorant and/or lieing, idiot.
      P.S. God hates you.

    2. The “drug war” is killing real people, with real illnesses. Where is the empathy, when will ill patients get some sympathy? What about a patient’s right to life? There was a lot of support for long time comatose patient Terri Shiavo, I see no difference between life support & plant support!

    3. Buster Jones says:

      If Senator McConnell will come to my home in Albany,GA I’ll be happy to smoke a bowl of some good GA Kush, and ask him if he would like some.

    4. Jalen says:

      Wow Senator Mitch McConnell is obviously not the brightest person in the world. The war on drugs has done nothing but spend millions of dollars and countless hours of work for nothing. Its time people opened their eyes and realize Marijuana is a cash crop, and can be taxed, and restricted to people with doctor prescriptions or have some kind of restrictions. Exactly like alcohol. Theres alot of money to be saved, and made in the legalization of Marijuana. Not only that, as Americans we should be able to do what we like in the comfort of our houses, so long as were not disturbing or hurting anybody else.

    5. Barrett says:

      Andrew please drop the cannabis is just a plant argument. You really only hur our cause. Many hard drugs, such as oppiates come from plants, they are drugs. The people who argue that cannabis should be legal because its a plant only makes the rest of us look as foolish as you.

    6. Sandie Quest says:

      Try reading “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herrer. This book will remove the scales from your eyes and leave you astonished! Big Pharma, tobacco, alcohol, wood companies, Dupont and the such have been preventing the freedom of all the good this plant does do.

    7. fishcreekbob says:

      Oh ya What about crimes against humanity and treason against the Republic.

    8. Denver WMD says:

      Life, Liberty and Justice for all! WTF happened to this. How the F*ck can you make statement like that, Death? No you have that wrong you must be talking about the legal FDA, government drugs you push on society assclown

    9. splinterfoot says:

      Shouldn’t you focus on the FACT that you and all your buddies are murdering people across the globe, FIRST? Once you stop doing that we can debate whether or not pot kills, you fucking murderer.

    10. Pat says:

      McConnell is a joint short of a dimebag. Just another closed minded jerkoff who thinks his theory is always right. Get rid of this jackoff in November!!