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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Pot Will Make You Sell Your Kid

posted by on March 13 at 14:25 PM

I guess people have stopped buying the arguments that smoking marijuana makes you sterile, run over little girls on tricycles, lose your girlfriend to an alien, a deflated bag, an indie-rock robot, or a terrorist. I mean, those just aren’t plausible scenarios. Nowadays, if you want to justify denying medicine to someone dying with cancer, just explain that doing so could make people sell their babies.

Here’s a letter from Iowa Senator Tom Harkin to a constituent who asked why medical marijuana, despite recent support from the American College of Physicians, is still illegal.

Dear XXXX:

Thank you for contacting me. I am always glad to hear from you.

Marijuana is often the drug singled out for legalization. However, marijuana is not the recreational drug that many believe it to be. In a study completed by the Drug Abuse Warning Network, the number of marijuana related emergencies has nearly reached the level of cocaine related emergencies. As this statistic indicates, marijuana use often has fatal consequences.

I was deeply troubled when I learned of another recent study which found that nearly one-third of all eighth graders had tried marijuana. As the father of two daughters, it greatly disturbs me that children are exposed to drugs at such a young age. I am concerned that legalization of this drug will only increase the number of children who gain access to its harmful effects.

The victims of the drug war are many — the small child whose parents are so addicted to illegal drugs that they sell everything including perhaps their own children to obtain a fix; the police officerís family which must now learn to cope with the loss of their loved one as a result of a violent drug bust gone awry. These are the people I think of when I say that drugs pose a significant threat to the security of this nation.

Legalizing drugs is equivalent to declaring surrender in the war on drugs. However we may differ in tactics, I am hopeful that we can work together to fight drugs in our communities and to make Iowa drug free.

Again, thanks for sharing your views with me. Please donít hesitate to let me know how you feel on any issue that concerns you.

Sincerely,

Tom Harkin
United States Senator

This gem was posted on AlterNet by Ron Fisher of NORML, for which I serve on the board. Thanks, ECB, for sending it my way.

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1

At current street prices, a fresh healthy baby gets you about an ounce of BC Primo. However, in the last several months American Babies have been falling in value against the international market, so it may soon fall to two babies per ounce.

Posted by flamingbanjo | March 13, 2008 2:43 PM
2

Sometimes your kid being a kid, will make you want to sell your kid....

Posted by NapoleonXIV | March 13, 2008 2:47 PM
3

The only reason I father children is to support my pot habit. Sorry, little Hernando, daddy needs another zip of that tasty Alaskan Thunderfuck!

Posted by Hernandez | March 13, 2008 2:52 PM
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Why are all of you leting the communists and socialists of the United States Senate tell you what you can do with the market? They are effectively stealing from you by taking away your god-given free-market right to sell that which you have produced out of your own labor and maintained with your own money. Down with Congress

Vote Ron Paul in 08
bring about the anarcho-capitalist revolution

Posted by vooodooo84 | March 13, 2008 2:52 PM
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see why the drug war is not going to end anytime soon? harkin is a DEMOCRAT. he was born in 1939, meaning that he was in his 20s during the 1960s. he almost certainly smoked out, dropped acid, took speed, and knows his statements to be utter bullshit.

but this is the position of the LIBERAL PARTY in our government. an honest conversation isn't even possible until president obama gets a bully pulpit in 2012.

Posted by max solomon | March 13, 2008 2:55 PM
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oh, and if he was in his 30's in the 1970s, he probably snorted coke off the ass of a 22 year old $1000/hour hooker.

Posted by max solomon | March 13, 2008 2:57 PM
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So, um, since Canada has the largest number of MJ users in the Western World, how come they sell their kids way less often than we in the US do?

Oh, wait, logic, something you don't see in the Fake Drug War, just like the Fake Iraq War.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 13, 2008 3:04 PM
8

I wonder if he means they sell their kids as prostitutes to make money.

Posted by D | March 13, 2008 3:06 PM
9

*cough form letter cough*

I worked on the Hill in DC. I know those letters backwards and forwards. You do know that some intern probably wrote that, it got passed off to a staffer to look over quickly and was then sent on. The Senator probably doesn't even know what it says.

Posted by dkstar | March 13, 2008 3:07 PM
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*cough form letter cough*

I worked on the Hill in DC. I know those letters backwards and forwards. You do know that some intern probably wrote that, it got passed off to a staffer to look over quickly and was then sent on. The Senator probably doesn't even know what it says.

Posted by dkstar | March 13, 2008 3:08 PM
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@9-10

that don't make it right.

Posted by max solomon | March 13, 2008 3:09 PM
12

No. 8: After their hands get too big to work the looms, what else would they be good for?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | March 13, 2008 3:16 PM
13

Max, I see what you're saying, but he'd actually be a bit old to have joined into the weed smokin' revolution of which you speak. He would have probably already finished his military service by the first half of the sixties and wouldn't probably not really have been in tune with the culture that arose in the later half of that decade.

My pops, love him to death, is the exact same age as the Senator and also has some really funny ideas about weed that most people in his generation share.

Posted by Dougsf | March 13, 2008 3:18 PM
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Sell the kids for food
-Kurt
Posted by In Bloom | March 13, 2008 3:20 PM
15

Obviously:

Harkin is an asshole. Not only for replying via form letter, but for standing behind this kinda bullshit.

Now pardon me while I sell my kid. I'm fresh out of weed, and, well, you know...

Posted by Mike in MO | March 13, 2008 3:27 PM
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I wish I had some kids to sell right about now.

Instead, all I have are a bunch of these worthless dollar bills.

Posted by COMTE | March 13, 2008 3:36 PM
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Harkin is not an asshole. Yes, he is weak on his drug positions. But he is strong in almost every other area. @15 - you don't know what you're talking about. Find me one Senator that personally replies to their constituents' letters.

Posted by aaron | March 13, 2008 3:40 PM
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@16 exactly time for the gold standard, and no restrictions on my ability to buy and sell babies

Posted by vooodooo84 | March 13, 2008 3:53 PM
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"the police officerís family which must now learn to cope with the loss of their loved one as a result of a violent drug bust gone awry"

Um, Hello? If drugs weren't illegal this wouldn't happen?

Whoops they made an argument for the other side.

Posted by hillpagan | March 13, 2008 3:58 PM
20

Fix?

Posted by elswinger | March 13, 2008 3:59 PM
21

You know, the more I think about it....

....this may explain why I don't have a kid....

Posted by NapoleonXIV | March 13, 2008 4:02 PM
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@17: Your totally right. Not one Sentator will ever personally answer your letter from his own hand. I can count the times on my hand that my office actually had to come up with a semi-personal letter for a constituent. Mostly, however, in those cases - we copied and pasted from form letters in the database - then edited them to suit.

Posted by dkstar | March 13, 2008 4:18 PM
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@22:

cut & pasted form letter response = we don't have time to care what you have to say.

we need like 20 senators/state.

Posted by max solomon | March 13, 2008 5:36 PM
24

a study in NYC hows that weed is 4x as accesible to minors as beer. Making weed illegal makes it more accesible to kids.

Posted by kobi | March 13, 2008 6:00 PM

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