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.”

    Watch the video:

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

    1. TheOracle says:

      Oh yeah, this kind of stuff is happening in this day and age. I’m betting it happens very often behind closed doors among like-minded people, older prohibitionists whom the cannabis community are trying to re-educate. This politician is even too lazy to use any facts or statistics to support his prohibitionist argument which I venture to say that if he cited sources some of the folks might be tempted to look at the preponderance of evidence that cannabis should not even be illegal in the first place and needs to be legalized immediately, that legalization is long overdue!

    2. Afraidinct says:

      Now we need to come together again and start pushing our people in Congress to support the Cory Booker Amendment senate bill 1689. I wonder if we can get a National discussion going again

      • Eric R. Johnson says:

        Not while the media is so concerned with how people ought to behave when president of the USA. No time left for real discussion…just like always is the case for cannabis.

    3. Lr says:

      Stupid and racist, really does a good job of representing old white people in Kansas who were born into wealth. Really accurate representation of this state.

    4. John Bradley says:

      Well we know we are people than this monster. How about start a campaign, send all racists to a deserted island to keep their b.s. to themselves? Let us be free America. Sessions and Trump not American to me at all!

    5. John Bradley says:

      Maybe he should cut the fat from himself.

    6. Mark Mitcham says:

      NORML, thank you for stating plainly that marijuana prohibition is an inherently racist policy.

      This is the essence of the Republican Party.
      Racist. Ignorant. Hateful. Deceitful.


      If you support the Republican Party, you are supporting White Supremacy and the KKK (no matter how many black “friends” you claim to know!)

      If you support the Republican Party, you are supporting marijuana prohibition (no matter how many joints you smoke per day!)

      • Frank Furter says:

        Got that right. Good thing those Democrats came along and stood up for civil rights and freeing slaves!

        Oh wait.

        • Mark Mitcham says:

          @ Frank Furter,
          Do you even know what century this is?

          Now I suppose you’re going to tell me that Hillary was a secret slave-owner.

          That must be why black women in Alabama voted for the other guy, rather than a Republican, and spanked Roy Moore’s ass real good!

          Anything, even a Democrat, is better than another racist Republican. We’re through with you assholes.

          Why you wanna be a such a weenie, anyway?

        • Julian says:

          What’s the matter Frank? Did you mean “Oh wait… I just realized it’s 2018?”

      • cherrypicker says:

        if obummer legalized pot, i must have missed it. or are you throwing stones in the bong shop!

        • Sean says:

          @cherrypicker: Lame metaphors and Breitbart talking points won’t disguise the fact that trolls like you are defending this racist creature. And carrying water for Trump and Sessions makes you a collaborator in their lethal war against cannabis.

        • Dain Bramage says:

          Here’s your first big clue: Dispensaries. All over the place. In the news. Many cities, many states.

          Somehow, you missed that?

          Live in Russia, do you?

    7. Steve says:

      It’s steve alford if you wanted to correct the spelling in article

    8. Dennis L Coates says:

      You are a piece of shi// that should be removed from office, by force of necessary

    9. Matt says:

      GET WITH THE TIMES OLD MAN! Everyone should comment on this disgusting video and old cretin. WAKE UP, KANSAS! There is a better way! Thank god those views are dying out. These old geezers need to GO!

      • Miles says:

        Please leave age out of it!!!

        I’ve supported legalization all my life and I’m now in my 60’s.

        Not only that, are you aware of what happened in the 60’s. Those freedom loving hippies and idealists are now in their 70’s.


        Bottom line is that there are people, various ages, various religions, various political affiliations who are very anti-marijuana and those who want it legal. Those who want it legal are the ones I would say are the most American! The others seem to want the government to tell them how to live their lives.

        I am pretty sure that Kansas State Representative Steve Alford (R) does not represent the views or the will of most of the people who live in Kansas. He is just the guy who happened to win the election… Sort of like our current president…

        • Mark Mitcham says:

          True, true, Miles.

          Old folks have been lied to about this thing for a long, long time, and have had the luxury of time, to figure out a thing or two.

          You can be old, young, black, white, conservative, or liberal, and still support the legalization of marijuana.

          But you cannot be a Republican, or you are simply shooting yourself in the foot.

        • Matucks says:

          I agree with @Miles on the old man comment. It gets really aggravating just seeing all these HIPSTERS in almost every Marijuana movement. Im 37yrs old not old at all but up there. These young folks need to realize that lot of us elder grew up in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and smoked pot but feared imprisonment we simply dreamed of working in the Marijuana industry. We probably know a heck of alot more about Marijuana than the majority of these hipsters in the market. Elders deserve every right to work in the Marijuana business regardless of age because we loved it way before you young folks were even conceived. We deserve the opportunities just like you young folks so don’t get all worked

          • Evening Bud says:

            I’m gonna stick up for Matt here. While I understand and appreciate the sentiment of others here, and agree that age should have nothing to do with it, I also understand the frustration that some people may have with the elderly.

            And I say that as an old f**k myself, lol.

            The truth is that the oldest generation among us did not (or rarely did) smoke pot. They were heavily propagandized during the ’30s through the modern era, and many will take those opinions to the grave with them. It’s no accident that MJ legalization popularity has been rapidly growing this past 15 or so years–the aged (and their prohibitionist views) are invariably passing on to the great horizon. So, as an older toker, I’ll readily cut Matt some slack on that. Let’s face it, the younger generations–younger than mine–have far better and healthier attitudes when it comes to MJ legalization. Their politics are better too.

    10. Matt says:

      character makeup, and genetics, and that?

      IS THIS DUDE SERIOUS? What is worse is the fact that all the others in the room might agree with his poisonous racism! We need to help Kansas out!

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