AG Jeff Sessions’ recent decision to give federal authorities the green light to override state marijuana laws put the medical marijuana community in a state of shock. Ultra-conservatives are on board with Sessions, while the rest of America condemned his draconian move.
GOP Rep. Steve Alford of Kansas is one of Sessions’ backers, and he threw his weight behind Sessions by calling African-Americans genetically different than whites.
On Monday, Rep. Alford gave a speech before an all-white crowd, in which he reminded everyone that the United States first outlawed marijuana in the 1930s due to African-Americans’ use of the “narcotic.” During his appearance, when asked to discuss the potential economic boom Kansas could experience through legalization of marijuana, Rep. Alford responded:
“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. 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.”
Wow! Their genetics? Does he have any scientific evidence to back up his claim or did he sincerely use a racist stereotype in a formal speech?
Rep. Alford might have referenced marijuana prohibitionist Harry Anslinger, who once said, “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”
Watch Rep. Alford speak below: