Chuck Grassley, Iowa Senator, compares smoking pot to murder, rape, and child abuse

Categories: Drugs, Politics
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Grassley thinks smoking pot is really, really bad. Like Hitler bad.
Chuck Grassley, a 79-year-old U.S. Senator from Iowa, took the overheated rhetoric of the war on drugs to new heights in a letter he sent to constituents comparing smoking pot to murder, rape, and child abuse.

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Grassley's letter was written around the same time that the other Senator from Iowa -- Democrat Tom Harkin -- caused ganja smokers to put down their Cheetos and scratch their heads with a letter he sent to a constituent containing this nugget: "Marijuana use often has fatal consequences." If that's really the case, then folks must be smoking some really wacky tobacky in our neighbor to the south.

Here's an excerpt from Grassley's letter:
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A tool of genocide?
After several thousand years, civilized societies have failed to eliminate murder, rape, or child abuse. Nor have they eliminated organized crime, the manufacture of counterfeit money, or genocide. But no one seriously sees these failures as justification for surrender. Illegal drug use costs society at least as much as any of these social ills. Yet we do not hear any calls to legalize these abuses. Why then should we give up? Should we surrender to the criminals, and legalize marijuana? No. Instead, we should do whatever we can to prevent criminals from gaining the upper hand, do what needs to be done to give our families, our friends, and our neighbors a safe and secure place to live.
Though it was written over a half-decade ago, Grassley's office continues to send the letter to constituents who contact the Senator about marijuana reform, according to NORML.

So next time you light up, remember -- in Senator Grassley's eyes, you're causing "at least as much" harm to society as a murderer or rapist. Then have a laugh, pick up the bag of Cheetos, and perpetuate the only genocide pot smokers are known to regularly participate in -- a genocide of snack foods.


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dkessler4
dkessler4

Marijuana’s status as an illegal drug “isn’t based on a whim,” Senator Grassley said. “It’s based on what science tells us about this dangerous and addictive drug.”  

Actually Senator Grassley you should be old enough to remember the way that marijuana was placed on schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act:

The Congress asked the Department of Health, Education and Welfare for their recommendation where marijuana should be placed in the Controlled Substances Act.  The response, by letter of 8/14/70, of the Assistant Secretary for Health and Scientific Affairs [Roger O. Egeberg] is as follows:

"...Some question has been raised whether the use of the plant itself produces 'severe psychological or physical dependence' as required by a schedule I or even schedule II criterion. Since there is still a considerable void in our knowledge of the plant and effects of the active drug contained in it, our recommendation is that marihuana be retained within schedule I at least until the completion of certain studies now underway to resolve the issue. If those studies* make it appropriate for the Attorney General to change the placement of marihuana to a different schedule, he may do so in accordance with the authority provided under section 201 of the bill.."

*"Those studies" were concluded in the 1972 Schafer Commission report, which recommended removing marijuana from the scheduling system and decriminalizing it. President Nixon rejected their recommendation.  Instead, Tricky Dick Nixon stuck us with has become a 1.3 Trillion dollar War on Drugs.

In fact Senator Grassley, marijuana became a dangerous drug and was placed on schedule I due to a lack of evidence. Nixon and you sir, ignored the science so that you could continue spreading lies about this incredible natural herbal medicine.  In the entire history of mankind's association with this plant that goes back to before the stone age, no one has ever died of an overdose solely of marijuana.  Stop lying to the American people!  The facts do not support your position.  We don't believe you anymore!

jose257
jose257

I will celebrate the day this kook from the 1930s keels over.


RevRayGreen
RevRayGreen

yep got that same letter 6 years ago ......

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

Grassley's not the only buffoon in this area. Patrick Cockburn on the UK Left now claims that pot causes schizophrenia in a recent series in the London Independent. Never tried pot but psychiatry and prohibition are far worse than any substance.

klsyanderson
klsyanderson

Marihuana prosecution is a waste of time and money. You can get it ANYWHERE in America with very little effort.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

What a surprise.  A Republican is a stupid dickhead who has no idea what he is talking about.

mark.gisleson
mark.gisleson

It's the right's 24/7 media bubble at work: they lie themselves into a frenzy and then no power on earth can ever convince them they're wrong. It worked with Iraq, ACORN, Social Security — their minders tell them lies and they turn those lies into sacraments.

Sadly, my parents get all of Chuck's communications and accept them as gospel, which is doubly sad because real Gospel forbids bearing false witness.

Scott Edwin Rhamey
Scott Edwin Rhamey

So glad I no longer live in Iowa! This man is such an embarrassment to to the human race. Time for this old BSer to retire.

Chris Kurle
Chris Kurle

How did he manage to wonder away from the senior center and do they know we have a lost vulnerable adult?

Declan Ring
Declan Ring

These guys just aren't in keeping with the times we need to get rid of the people who are screwing this country up and making us all look like idiots.

Peter Farnsworth
Peter Farnsworth

There are many geniuses that have been very successful and contributed greatly to society who have also smoked pot... Steve Jobs and Bill Clinton come to mind to name a couple..

Jon Marchand
Jon Marchand

Especially for somebody with "grass" right in their name.

Aus Tin Padilla
Aus Tin Padilla

Another reason why the old farts need to get out of office, keep that shit back in the 50's were idiotic drug propaganda belongs

BillStewart2012
BillStewart2012

@red.marcy.rand Marijuana can trigger psychotic or schizophrenic reactions in some people, and panic attacks in some people, and there are other people who like being full-time stoners.  Just because it's not the raving evil that the prohibitionists say it is, that doesn't mean it's harmless either.  At least it's non-fatal and non-addictive, unlike caffeine (my favorite dangerous drug.)

Prohibition is evil and causes far more harm than good, and we need to stop it as soon as possible.  But you do have to be careful with marijuana. 

dkessler4
dkessler4

@BillStewart2012 @red.marcy.rand If marijuana in any way caused schizophrenia you would expect that countries that use more marijuana would have higher prevalence rates of schizophrenia.  They do not.  Schizophrenia exists in a very small percentage of people regardless of culture and frequency of marijuana use in that country.  It's true that some experience panic attacks and other reactions to marijuana.  They tend to occur in novice users and are not common in those who are experienced users.  The paranoia that some experience is related to a very real concern that someone really is out to get those who use marijuana.  Marijuana smokers can be goofy and silly but their antics pale when compared to those who are drinking.

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