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Ex-RI Rep. Kennedy lobbies against legal marijuana
Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2013 8:29 AM EST

Posted on 01/08/2013 6:53:25 AM PST by Olog-hai

Former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he’s established a group to lobby against legalized marijuana. …

The Providence Journal reports that Kennedy’s group, Project SAM—for Smart Approaches to Marijuana—will instead lobby for increased treatment for marijuana and drug abuse. …

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: cannabis; drugabuse; drugs; drugwar; legalpot; marijuana; patrickkennedy; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wsod

1 posted on 01/08/2013 6:53:35 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

He’ll only be against it until they find a way to tax the hell out of it.

And of course, the money will be “for the children”....


2 posted on 01/08/2013 6:56:13 AM PST by LadyBuck (Strangeways, here we come....)
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To: Olog-hai

Protecting the booze industry?


3 posted on 01/08/2013 6:58:30 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Olog-hai

Not surprising considering the Kennedy family business.


4 posted on 01/08/2013 6:59:00 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Olog-hai

What does treatment for marijuana abuse consist of...make people not want to feel good?


5 posted on 01/08/2013 6:59:37 AM PST by stuartcr ("I upraded my moral compass to a GPS, to keep up with the times.")
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To: Olog-hai

Use the power of the government to kill your competition......


6 posted on 01/08/2013 7:03:16 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Olog-hai

Legalization might force him to report other income.


7 posted on 01/08/2013 7:09:36 AM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: bigbob
Protecting the booze industry?

I would have thought the same thing but didn't this one also have a drug problem?

8 posted on 01/08/2013 7:26:10 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Olog-hai

His reasoning: “Pills are pretty good, legal, and I can always get them if I want them between rehabs.”


9 posted on 01/08/2013 7:34:45 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Olog-hai

The dirty secret is the illegal drug industry is booming. By fighting a “War on Drugs” profit margins climb. RI recently approved medical MJ. I’ll assume Mr. Kennedy is worried about his “business interests” and is setting up an organization that hurts his competition.


10 posted on 01/08/2013 7:36:36 AM PST by PJammers (I can't help it... It's my idiom!)
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To: PJammers

Work tends to annoy dope smokers.


11 posted on 01/08/2013 7:39:42 AM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: Olog-hai

Patrick Kennedy is mentally ill. His friends and family should not let him get near marijuana.


12 posted on 01/08/2013 7:39:42 AM PST by Tau Food (U)
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To: AppyPappy

I would say that is mostly true for habitual pot smokers. Recreational use, not so much. A close family member to me is high most of his waking hours and is probably the hardest working guys I know. (No its not me)


13 posted on 01/08/2013 8:00:58 AM PST by PJammers (I can't help it... It's my idiom!)
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To: Olog-hai

Of course! Patches isn’t a pothead! His drugs of choice are chivas regal, mixed with some cocaine and prescription meds! Just another drunk/stoned Kennedy hypocrite blathering on because of “nobless oblige.”


14 posted on 01/08/2013 8:11:26 AM PST by Astronaut
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To: Olog-hai
"He says making marijuana legal would introduce a new substance comparable to alcohol and tobacco that would cause more public health problems than it would solve."

Because it's government's job to jail adults for doing things that are bad for their health. Next to go are Big Gulps, cheeseburgers, and staying up past 10:30 if you have work the next day.

15 posted on 01/08/2013 8:59:37 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: PJammers

So he drives back and forth to work while he is high?


16 posted on 01/08/2013 10:53:15 AM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: AppyPappy; PJammers
Or works from home - or walks, bicycles, or takes public transportation.
17 posted on 01/08/2013 10:56:51 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: AppyPappy

Unfortunately yes. Most addicts do. Actually I think he is so accustomed to his state that he is fully functional. He is also a moderately successful business owner. I won’t get into specifics.


18 posted on 01/08/2013 11:42:16 AM PST by PJammers (I can't help it... It's my idiom!)
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To: PJammers

Therein lies the rub. He drives around stoned and thinks nothing of it because stoned is normal for him.


19 posted on 01/08/2013 11:59:50 AM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: AppyPappy

Agreed. I’ve known him for over 30 years and he has been that way since the first day I met him. His family life, on the other hand, is a disaster.

Oldest child was kicked out of college for selling drugs, 2 DUIs and underage drinking. Second child has 2 children out of wedlock and is on government assistance. Youngest just got arrested for armed bank robbery.

Everything comes with a price. You hope and pray that the people you love realize it. Some folks have to learn the hard way.


20 posted on 01/08/2013 12:59:43 PM PST by PJammers (I can't help it... It's my idiom!)
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To: PJammers

I had two roommates in college who could not exist without marijuana. Stoned was the default mode for them. I later worked with people who couldn’t pass a drug test. Smoking dope was worth more to them than their job.

But they didn’t have a problem. Nope.


21 posted on 01/08/2013 1:13:32 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

In case you haven’t caught on, the modern conservative LOVES a Nanny State. Just loves it. Oh, they’ll beat their chests every once in awhile about one thing or another, but they wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world.


22 posted on 01/09/2013 5:15:13 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: AppyPappy
Some people can't handle pot - some can't handle booze. What's the conclusion?
23 posted on 01/09/2013 8:02:06 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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