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

“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 thoughts

  1. Nothing but another puppet in the senate what a surprise. Where does he get his donations from I will take a wild guess and say some people with ties to pharma and alcohol companies. Maybe even some with links to timber and plastic? In my view these sell-outs are the lowest plank in our society. Most people think it’s the homeless but I can tell you I have met a several of those people and they have more morals than these guys by far.

  2. I’d like to see pro-cannabis debaters team up with Pat Robertson to debate and argue and counter publish or counter soundbite Bill Bennett, who was on CNN shooting off this mouth, and against Mitch McConnell who is singing backup for Bill Bennett. This makes nice footage for use by History or CNBC for another pro-cannabis informational special.

    Basically, the prohibitionist answer to reducing the murders and atrocities in Latin America is to maintain the militarized enforcement of cannabis prohibition. More of the same, more of prohibition is supposed to stop the murders? What a bunch of fuckin geniuses!

    Guy from LEAP I watched on Cannabis Culture is right. If the Latin American countries remain united and legalize, the U.S. isn’t going to go to war with them. The people there know that siding with the U.S. on prohibition is a death sentence. If you’re in the position where you have to choose, choose the cartels and smuggler organization. It’s silver or lead, that is, if they don’t cut off your head while you’re still alive. It’s easy to sit in D.C. in your comfy office and talk shit, thousands of miles away from the violence.

    Legalize Now!

  3. you are nuts man been smoking for 40 years, go home and have a stiff drink something that will really kill you! get real with your words please!!!!

  4. Barrett, the difference is the poppy is not used in it’s natural form. Marijuana is planted, grown then dried. Nothing is added to it like opiates! IT is not the same thing! Opiates can kill and cause organ damage and all kinds of issues like addiction! Marijuana is not physically addictive and has even been proven to cure cancer over in Europe and in other parts of the world. I have fybromyalgia and am prescribed oxycodone and methadone and phenergan for the nausea these pain meds cause. With marijuana, my pain is taken care of and it’s the best medicine for nausea and vomiting. It’s ashame there are so many stupid close minded people in this country! Alcohol can kill, opiates can kill, but marijuana, probably the safest drug out there! Unfortunately for me, I have to take all those opiates that mess my body up for pain because I cannot chance asking around for it because of job situation. People need to do research instead of listening to blow hards like this idiot! PEACE!

  5. Maybe he has such archaic views because he himself is archaic… I mean really… that senile old fart has to be 150 years old.

  6. You could have called me a slut and not got my dander up as much as this.

    The actual letter from GrassCity is, as we would expect, lumping all “drugs” (I think he must be referring to pharmaceuticals too) together here – including the only one our beloved brave constituent from Ky asked him about, Marijuana. And he was asking specifically about medical use too. By painting with a big brush and broad strokes he attempts to placate the toker with tired old retoric.

    Now that he’s brought this out in the open (come out of his closet ((insert satisfying word picture here))) – it would be a fine opportunity for Norml KY to address Mitch’s concerns – perhaps a public response to this letter – helping him see the truth about MJ and MMJ. Thank him for bringing this topic out into the public where the discussion needs to be. Ask him why the senate – and his state in particular, does not reflect public opinion on this importaint issue. Ask him how HE is properly representing his constituentcy’s 50% in favor of legalization.

    Sic some NORML KY on his butt!

  7. Mitch McConnell: What can I say about this marbled mouthed piss rodent? He is the poster child of what evil looks like and should be beaten to a bloody pulp in public.

  8. How much drug enforcement money does his state receive? Be it lobby money or taxpayer dollars, just follow the money to insanity.

    Good Karma Folks

  9. I think the most dangerous part of this senators reefer maddness that he includes cannabis in the class of narcotics. Cannabis IS NOT a narcotic (neither is cocaine for that matter). People in this country are told from an early age in programs like DARE that cannabis is a dangerous narcotic when this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Telling these LIES is very dangerous game. Eventuly many of these kids are going to realize that the dangerous narcotic “marijuana” is much safer than almost every recreational drug including alcohol and tobacco. It is at this point many kids begin to think “if they lied about marijuana they must be lying about all drugs”. That is when they decide to try real narcotics(pharmacitical or otherwise

  10. I think the most dangerous part of this senators reefer maddness that he includes cannabis in the class of narcotics. Cannabis IS NOT a narcotic (neither is cocaine for that matter). People in this country are told from an early age in programs like DARE that cannabis is a dangerous narcotic when this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Telling these LIES is very dangerous game. Eventuly many of these kids are going to realize that the dangerous narcotic “marijuana” is much safer than almost every recreational drug including alcohol and tobacco. It is at this point many kids begin to think “if they lied about marijuana they must be lying about all drugs”. That is when they decide to try real narcotics (pharmacitical or otherwise).

  11. Damn , and they thought Ron Paul was too old. He must be washing down his meds with bourbon. Mitch you know they don’t mix. Needs to be an age limit set in place so the same old is not the norm in govt.

  12. this is to you mitchell o’connell. Centuries of use and decades of research say you’re wrong. Deaths from marijuana = 0. look up the facts and revise your statement…

  13. Seriously, we have to pay damn close attention to who we vote into congress otherwise ass clowns like this will always be in office

  14. Senator McConnell, I quote:

    “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.”

    Wow… you know you are RIGHT, however you’re not CORRECT!

    The World really needs to critique his statement. That means really consider it.

    It begins with the slang for cannabis, “marijuana”. Then, it’s quickly connected to the term “drugs”. And this is important, to make that erroneous connection, one that has been drilled into the heads of every American, that “Drugs Kill”. From there it’s a no brainer, at least for those people hooked on drugs, ignorant people who drink alcohol, coffee, smoke tobacco, and for that matter, if cannabis is a drug, then anything we ingest, inhale, swallow is a drug, because it/they contain chemicals, the kind that effect the body, mind and spirit.

    Sure “Drugs Kill”… but what drugs, what chemicals? The very chemicals in our air could, in enough concentration would kill us; fortunately the current levels of these harmful chemicals are acceptable by the EPA and other gov’t officials.

    How easy it is to take 75+ years of Reefer Madness crap, continue to call cannabis, marijuana, completely and explicitly ignore the research and as a lawmaker/policy-maker, summarily conclude marijuana is bad because drugs kill.

    How generalized can one be and have a brain? And these are the kind of people running our country? Whoa. That’s a Bad Trip!

  15. wow, what a dumb statement expect that from someone who is the puppet of the drug co. whitney did not die from pot she died from rx drugs elvis did not die from pot rx drugs kill more than ilegal drugs booze and drunk driving combined pot kills? no thats not true rx drugs kill and half our school children are on it [rx] ruin my liver and kindneys with over the counter or kill my pain with a little pot thats 1000% safer than any rx drug. wake up!!! so sick of the lies that come out of your guys mouth. anyone with ANY brains knows better than that

  16. McConnell goes wrong when he lumps marijuana in with “drugs” in several ways, the first obviously being that he lumps marijuana in with the rest of the crowd. Secondly, Mitch is saying that because drugs cause detrimental effects, they should be banned; this is a serious problem if Mitch were ever to try to claim that alcohol Prohibition was a bad idea. Thirdly, using the term “narcotics” is just as easily applied to legal drugs (this merges with the second point) as a narcotic is “A drug or other substance affecting mood or behavior and sold for nonmedical purposes, esp. an illegal one.”

    But the biggest mistake Senator McConnell makes is that he states that “drugs kill.” Drugs don’t kill anyone. The saying “Guns don’t kill people… people kill people” comes to mind. Inherently, drugs are a product that is bought, sold and consumed. Even with marijuana’s very low chance of death, some idiot could be stupid enough to crash into a tree and die after getting stoned… it wasn’t marijuana that killed him, however. It was his own stupidity.

    This guy DEFINITELY needs a #RealityCheck.

  17. It’s rediculous to think that Marijuana is some how dangerous!!! It helps so many people that are sick and, as for recreational use, it’s certainly not near as dangerous as ALCOHOL!!! LEGALIZE MARIJUANA it’s the right thing to do!!!!

  18. Hi all, I am the original poster (Ghetty.Green) from Grasscity and receiver of the letter that I posted on Grasscity.

    I am honored that this spread to this site and would love to talk to someone and have an opportunity to be interviewed or speak.

    Thanks again

    bhksk8r@yahoo.com

  19. I wonder how much stock `ol Mitch has in the pharmaceutical companies that pump the poisons into us. I HATE living in Kentucky and can’t wait to go back out west to civilization. When we lived in Seattle, the ONLY pain med I needed was my Herb. Now, living in the commonwealth of misinformation, I have to eat oxy,hydrocodone and/or morphine for my MS pain. I have more side effects than you can shake a stick at…can’t wait for hubby (who suffers from CMT and other service related problems)to retire this next year so we can get out of this constant state of ignorance.

  20. Someone should ask the good Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) if he would be willing to legalize marijuana if it could be proved to him that marijuana doesn’t kill. As many have pointed out, that should not be very difficult to do.

    Wait to tell him that the drug war that he has supported for years is enforced in a manner that suggests blatant racial prejudice and has created a new form of Jim Crow that sentences people to lifelong status as second class citizens. Don’t tell him how many have lost their lives to the War on Drugs. Don’t mention that he has helped spend over a trillion dollars of our money on Richard Nixon’s war and that we still wait for any of the ten goals for that war to be met. Please don’t offer him any more money to meet those goals.

    I would prefer to believe that Senator McConnell is suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia rather than to believe that he is as ignorant as he sounds. I am astonished that someone could be this blind to the damage that they have done and instead would choose to demonize a plant that cannot kill by overdose.

  21. Am I the only one that wonders why God waited so long to set Pat Robertson straight on cannabis?

  22. More tired Reagan era politics.

    I never thought I would live to see the day that we would actually be sitting around discussing the legalization of pot. Bravo

    I’ve been toking for nearly 60 years and I ain’t dead yet.

    I’ve waited 60 years; I can wait a few more years the dream to come true.

    Imagine what it’s gonna be like!!

    Peace!

  23. i think he should look in the mirror. with those cached eyes of his, he might be hinting at something we all know already .

  24. My mother almost died in 2009. Had it not been for Marinol (liquid pot) and Gods will she would have. After she had surgery and had a stroke she lost her appetite, lost a lot of weight after a few weeks in hospital. They tried a few things but nothing helped. She also had nausea. My cousin came and told me about Marinol so I talked to the doctor and he was willing to try it. It worked slowly but it worked. If it was rolled instead of being a pill it would have helped more and faster but it’s not legal. My mother who’s now 86 is a believer of pots healing effects. Ban tobacco not pot.

  25. …Like an unchecked cancer…Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true. MLK+Isa 5:20=Word!

  26. OXYCONTIN KILLS , HEROIN KILLS, ALCOHOL KILLS, the endless supply of prescription pills kill!

  27. I think the Senator has been hangin around in the Kentucky backwoods too long. I always thought MARIJUANA PROHIBITION killed people. I always thought that FDA approved BIG PHARMA drugs kill people. I always thought that FEDERALISTIC POWERS OF the 21ST CENTURY INQUISITORS kill people. People killed by MARIJUANA, zero. All these thoughts are the REAL REALITY around me. Just another puppet of FEDERALISM to blow smoke up our asses and a mirror image of the STATUS QUO. They are starting to fear the light at the end of the tunnel. FEDERALISM can only kill our Constitutional rights as citizens. Will they kill me if I don’t conform to live under the NEW WORLD ORDER with a ORWELLIAN MENTALITY when it gets really full blown. Is this the new UTOPIA of the future? The DRUG WAR has killed a lot of people. When will the killing end?

  28. He may be old and you young people might think you will just wait these types out but that is not the case. When he goes a newer one just like him will take his place. God Bless Nazi America…

  29. It would make more sense to say that cigarettes and alchohol, stuff that are on the market are killing people by liver and lung cancer, drunk driving, etc and you want to say that marijuana is a risk to someones life!? Show the facts that marijuana can kill. I bet you can’t find any proven scientific facts that marijuana kills but instead will find many benefits. If someone told him this or even if he read an article on mj healing, he would probably be ignorant and still think its the worse thing someone can do. He is desperate to help all his lobbyist buddies so they can continue to make bank. He is just looking like an idiot and if he was really concerned about the well being of people, he would target cigarettes and alchohol. We are getting closer and closer, we need to keep up fighting for this good plant to be legal.

  30. I guess all that legal tobacco they grow in Kentucky doesn’t kill you, huh Mitch? How do you like all that tax money it raises?

  31. Dear Mitch,
    Censure yourself or resign your post. We, the American taxpayers, do not need more lies regarding Cannabis. Your seemingly convenient attempt at grouping Cannabis with other drugs, lacks reasoning.

  32. Call him and tell him he is wrong…502-582-6304
    just another silly politician who is living in the past.
    VOTE OUT ALL WHO OPPOSE!!!!!!

  33. I read that Ethan Nadleman, DPA, is going to visit and try to educate this sad sick illiterate with facts. Clearly Mitch has no idea of the truth, the reverse of his 1937 ideas. Ethan can then say, if he does not change, “you now know the truth-by ignoring it, You must have a hidden interest or not of sound mind”. NORML & DPA Ethan? That would really wake things up!

  34. “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” — Thomas Paine

  35. One issue with article… calling him a “good Senator”!

    Unfortunately, this fool represents my state… what a moron. This is Kentucky, ask the man if he supports tobacco farmers and enjoy the hypocracy!!

  36. Iam a Kentucky citizen and my thought is FIRE MITCH THE BITCH & CAN RAND!! they are Bad for KY.’S GROWTH. They are living in the 40s & 50s. TIMES CHANGE AND THE PEOPLE KNOW THIS OUR POLITICIANS DON’T!! It’s time for KY. POT SMOKERS TO TAKE A STAND IN LOCAL,STATE, AND FED.GOVERNMENTS!!KENTUCKY MUST DO THIS TO BE PROSPERIOUS!! PLZ LETS GET TOGETHER AND STAND AS ONE!!>

  37. i live in caaoll co. and the local and state laws of weed is so stupid its sad 4 real. Something NEEDS TO CHANGE!! REMEMBER AT VOTING TIME FIRE MITCH THE BITCH & CAN RAND!!THEN MAYBE JUST MYBE KENTUCKY WILL GROW AND PROSPER MORE THAN EVER ONCE KY.RE-ELECTS BETTER OFFICIALS FOR THE JOB IN FRANKFORT & ESPECIALLY IN WASHINGTON DC. WEED GROWS FROM YHE EARTH ITSELF. NOT A DRUG OUR KY. CONGRESSMEN ARE REALLY DUMB!!LEGALIZEIT!2012!!

  38. The more people openly advocate and retort the government propaganda the more powerful the movement becomes. Stand up and speak out for your rights.

  39. Just another typical politician living inside a sterilized bubble of ignorance; out of touch with the people and reality itself. It’s sad to know that true social progression will be stopped dead in it’s tracks until the old dumbfucks of our parents generation start to die in droves. If there had been any case of marijuana poisoning or overdose, then I would agree, but since that has never been the case, it only proves that you’re just not trustworthy to be where you are, Senator. Quit fighting for the lobbyists! They’re hardly human!

  40. Senator Mitch McConnel statements regarding marijuana is analogous to an ignorant person shouting fire in a crowded theater, they don’t come from facts, nor reality, and he should be held legally accountable for making such false claims that have many times over been repudiated by Gov’t studies such as The LaGuardia Report, The Shaffer Commission, and Fed Admin Law Judge Francis L. Young’s 2 year study concerning marijuana. I suspect the Senator, and others like him don’t make such statements from ignorance, but that their real motivation behind such talk is based only on selfish greed.

  41. I think it is time to bring ole Mitch to judgement for making a crimnal of God for growing cannabis on His Earth.

    It is also time to bring all of our lawmakers to trial for human rights violations against those who choose a natural, God-given medicine over dangerous experimental drugs made by men, many of which are proven to be dangerous. I mean, for heaven’s sake, just read the side effects of those drugs our government has “approved’ for us to take.

    Shut your pie hole, Mitch, and mind your own business and stop persecuting God’s children for using His medicine instead of those you profit from drug companies to keep the masses addicted to.

    Can I hear an Amen?

  42. McConnell has absolutely no idea what he is talking about. With that in mind – I wonder what else he has no clue about. BTW – he can’t produce “One” death from cannabis. Try again Mitch – you’re in the ditch.

  43. Funny, POT hasn’t killed me in 25 years of DAILY use!!! Ignorant old motherfuckers…. put the vote the people damnit.

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