Kansas Republican Congressman jumps the shark with racially charged comments

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about marijuana legalization.

Kansas Rep. Steve Alford makes racially-charged comments on marijuana legalization | The Topeka Capital-Journal

Racially charged remarks Kansas House Rep. Steve Alford made over the weekend sparked controversy and bewilderment among legislators at Monday’s kickoff to the 2018 legislative session.


Alford, a Ulysses Republican, made comments at a legislative coffee in Garden City Saturday that cited a belief African American people are more susceptible to marijuana use because of their “character makeup” and “genetics,” according to the Garden City Telegram.

Dumb asses' comments come from this "belief"

genetic inferiority.

Jesus Christ, some people just deserve to be slapped every ten minutes.....
 
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KS GOPer Claims Blacks Addicted To Drugs Have Genetic Defect



A Kansas state Republican lawmaker resurrected a Jim Crow myth that African Americans are genetically predisposed to handle marijuana more poorly than other races during a speech over the weekend.

As the Garden City Telegram reported, State Rep. Steve Alford (R) told an all-white crowd that marijuana was criminalized during the prohibition era in the 1930’s primarily because of black marijuana use when asked a question by a member of the local Democratic party about potential economic boons from cannabis legalization.

“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,” 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.”

As the Telegram noted in their report, Alford’s comments referenced a belief promoted by marijuana prohibitionist Harry Anslinger, the founding commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

“Under Anslinger’s leadership, the FBN came to be considered responsible for the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937,” the report noted, “regulating cannabis and further taxing it to the ultimate detriment of the hemp industry that was booming at the time.”

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men,” Anslinger said once when explaining why marijuana supposedly caused crime and violence. The commissioner also fought for the prohibition of cannabis due to “its effect on the degenerate races,” the Telegram noted.
https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/kansas-republican-lawmaker-says-black-people-cant-handle-marijuana-because-of-their-genetics/

The ONLY thing this racist shithead got right is that our modern drug laws were formed in a racist soup. Most historians blame anti-Mexican feeling for the craze to ban marijuana, though. The Mexican Revolution, which ended in 1920, had increased Mexican immigration into the U.S., where these people were resented after the start of the Great Depression.

Marijuana - Facts & Summary - HISTORY.com
 
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According to a 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union, blacks across the nation were nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana possession in 2010, despite data that suggested they use the drug at about the same rate. In some states, blacks were up to six times more likely to be arrested. This disparity isn’t new, and plays into broader arrest data: A study published in the journal Crime & Delinquency this month found that by the age of 23, nearly 50 percent of black males have been arrested, compared to 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of white males.

In all, around 750,000 people are arrested for marijuana each year, with more than 650,000 of them for possession alone. (The U.S., of course, incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than any other nation in the world.)

As Tressie McMillan Cottom writes in Slate, these commonplace arrests for simple marijuana possession have rippling effects, especially in minority communities. Anyone convicted of possession or sale of a controlled substance under federal or state law forfeits their eligibility for any [federal] grant, loan, or work assistance, meaning that a dimebag could cost a hopeful teen his shot at an affordable higher education.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/14/marijuana-prohibition-racist_n_4590190.html

And people continue to insist that there is no systemic racism in law enforcement. *smh*
 
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https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/kansas-republican-lawmaker-says-black-people-cant-handle-marijuana-because-of-their-genetics/

The ONLY thing this racist shithead got right is that our modern drug laws were formed in a racist soup. Most historians blame anti-Mexican feeling for the craze to ban marijuana, though. The Mexican Revolution, which ended in 1920, had increased Mexican immigration into the U.S., where these people were resented after the start of the Great Depression.

Marijuana - Facts & Summary - HISTORY.com
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" Puritanicals Rejecting Nature "

* Biological Evolution *

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endocannabinoid_system
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the mammalian central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system. The endocannabinoid system is involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes including fertility,[1] pregnancy,[2] during pre- and postnatal development,[3] appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory, and in mediating the pharmacological effects of cannabis.[4][5] The ECS is also involved in mediating some of the physiological and cognitive effects of voluntary physical exercise in humans and other animals, such as contributing to exercise-induced euphoria as well as modulating locomotor activity and motivational salience for rewards.[6][7][8][9] In humans, the plasma concentration of certain endocannabinoids (i.e., anandamide) have been found to rise during physical activity;[6][7] since endocannabinoids can effectively penetrate the blood–brain barrier, it has been suggested that anandamide, along with other euphoriant neurochemicals, contributes to the development of exercise-induced euphoria in humans, a state colloquially referred to as a runner's high.[6][7]

Two primary endocannabinoid receptors have been identified: CB1, first cloned in 1990; and CB2, cloned in 1993. CB1 receptors are found predominantly in the brain and nervous system, as well as in peripheral organs and tissues, and are the main molecular target of the endocannabinoid ligand (binding molecule), Anandamide, as well as its mimetic phytocannabinoid, THC. One other main endocannabinoid is 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) which is active at both cannabinoid receptors, along with its own mimetic phytocannabinoid, CBD. 2-AG and CBD are involved in the regulation of appetite, immune system functions and pain management.[10][11][12]
 
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How can any public person, in 2018, revive a Jim Crow myth without fearing he will be shunned and recalled ASAP? WTF is wrong with Kansas voters -- and Republican voters everywhere -- that such obvious lies are palatable?