Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy says President Barack Obama is wrong about the dangers of marijuana, saying that the drug today is not like what the president smoked in his youth.
The former eight-term Rhode Island Democrat said Obama’s statement in an interview this weekend that pot is not worse than alcohol was based on anecdotal evidence, not science.
“I think the president needs to speak to his NIH director in charge of drug abuse,” Kennedy said on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday night. “[She] would tell the president that, in fact, today’s modern, genetically modified marijuana, so it’s much higher THC levels, far surpass the marijuana that the president acknowledges smoking when he was a young person.”
Kennedy said government research shows that marijuana is harmful.
“He is wrong when he says that it isn’t very harmful, because the new marijuana is not the old marijuana,” Kennedy said. “We need to have presidential decisions made based upon public health and the sound science that the federal government’s invested in.”
I’ve smoked my fair share of pot. There was a time years ago that I smoked every day. Sometimes several times a day. I loved getting high. It was my favorite hobby. I had a bunch of friends and we all got high as often as we could. We weren’t hurting anybody but ourselves. Luckily we never got caught and thrown in jail for having fun. Those were the days. I was young and happy and didn’t have a care in the world other than scraping together rent money.
But now I am middle aged with no time to to get high. And I’m not happy about it. I’m looking forward to the day that my state legalizes pot. Now I have legitimate medical issues that pot might help. I ache all over. My head, my back and lately my shoulder have been bugging me. I bet some medical marijuana would ease my physical and existential pain. But I’m too busy trying to middle class to sit aound baked all day.
I am looking forward to someday being able to go to a store and pick out my favorite variety of weed. I like the Indica variety of weed. The Sativa variety gets me paranoid and makes me want to turn off the phone and pull the blinds.
The funny thing is that even with all my years of smoking, I didn’t know there was a difference. I just thought I have having a bad high sometimes. I mean I heard about the 2 kinds of pot, but I didn’t know that they affected you differently. Now I know that Sativa gets you high in the head and Indica gets you high in the body. I read this in a story about legalizing weed in Colorado. It’s nice to have learned something new about something so old.
Wouldn’t it be better to know what you are getting? If Rep. Kennedy is concerned about the strength of weed he ought to try and get it labeled like alcohol. I hope marijuana legalization becomes the gay marriage of 2014.