On Monday, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) spoke nonsense at a town hall meeting in Columbia, Missouri leading rational people to question her cognitive abilities. When asked about the potential for farming industrial hemp in Missouri, she admitted it would be good for Missouri agriculture, though she also rather ignorantly added as long as teens weren't getting high off of it .
This shows ignorance on many, many levels. If she had researched industrial hemp at all then she would know this is not possible. In fact, her logic is so obviously flawed that it's hard to not view it as malicious behavior intended to delude the public. A safer deduction would be that she knows that teens won't be smoking industrial hemp, but her campaign contributors require her to maintain the lie. Her contributors do include members of the chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, and the military-industrial complex.
Her argument against medical marijuana and recreational marijuana became even more idiotic. For example, she seems convinced that there are all kinds of problems going on in Colorado since prohibition ended, though she finds it impossible to elaborate. She must have problems with improv and didn't think to prepare her lies ahead of time.
"I'm in close contact with my colleagues in Colorado and they're having some unexpected problems, some activity that they're not happy about. So I'm continuing to talk to them." McCaskill said, offering no specifics about these problems according to Ray Downs of The Riverfront Times.
The only "problem" widely reported from Colorado is their increased tax revenue. They are apparently collecting so much money in recreational marijuana taxes that they will legally have to give some of it back due to the state's Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Under that law if the government collects more than expected, it owes taxpayers a refund.
McCaskill, however, isn't talking about the First World problem of having too much money. She's referring to all of the teenagers that can now easily go down to the corner store and buy a joint whereas before legalization only adults knew how to find a person of shady enough character to sell them a bag of the devil weed. Wait, no sorry, that's the opposite of how the world works.
With legal establishments selling marijuana over the counter alongside alcohol that means there are people verifying the age of every customer. In McCaskill's world, though, teens get handed beer all the time and that means they will be handed joints just as easily if legalization hits.
"I guarantee you that there are kids who are getting handed beers everyday. So it's not like those same ones handing them beers aren't gonna hand them a joint. So that, that doesn't work. I'm open to watching and seeing what happens with this but right now, I'm not gonna give you the answer you wanna hear but hopefully you know that's what I do. I'm not gonna tell you I'm for it. But I'm gonna watch carefully and see what happens in Colorado."
The sad truth is they already have the weed. The thing is, when something is prohibited in a way to drive the entire industry underground then the kids are the ones with the easiest access to that industry. That's is not only common sense, but can be seen as true, evidenced throughout the entirety of the Drug War.
It may be time to vote out the 24th wealthiest member of Congress in favor of someone a little more grounded in reality.