Published on January 13th, 2016 | by News Feed
Head of DNC Slams Marijuana as “Gateway Drug”
Republicans are notorious for slamming the use of marijuana. However it would appear that you could also add a notable Democrat to this list as well. In an interview with the New York Times magazine, the head of the DNC, Debbie Wassermann Schultz, claimed that marijuana is dangerous, a gateway drug, and she opposes the legalization of the plant.
“I don’t oppose the use of medical marijuana,” she said. “I just don’t think we should legalize more mind-altering substances if we want to make it less likely that people travel down the path toward using drugs. We have had a resurgence of drug use instead of a decline. There is a huge heroin epidemic.”
The United States government, as well as the medical industry have recognized that there is a major link between the over prescribing of opiate painkillers and the increased use of heroin. For Schultz to make a correlation between pot and heroin is not only laughable but it is downright false.
However erroneous that statement is, Schultz did not stop there. She continued to opine about the drug culture and even went as far as to claim that she had first hand experience in dealing with drug related issues. “Both as a mom and as someone who grew up really bothered by the drug culture that surrounded my childhood—not mine. I grew up in suburbia.”
The question here is what is she talking about? Schultz grew up in a very affluent part of Long Island. It can only be assumed that the “drug culture” surrounding her was the one taking place in New York City during the 1970’s. This was another time when a major heroin epidemic was running rampant.
Here again we have an affluent national politician marginalizing people that she would not be caught dead hanging around. Her stance on the legalization of marijuana does nothing more than castigate the very people that she claims to care about; People who did not grow up in a luxurious suburb.
The criminalization of marijuana has led to the majority of drug related arrests throughout the country. In fact almost half of the drug arrests are related to marijuana. In Florida, the state that Wasserman Schultz calls home, possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana leads to a fine of $1000 and one year in prison.
The issue here is the double standard being applied. Schultz is a major benefactor of the major alcohol lobbies on Capitol Hill. She is one of the largest recipients of Alcohol related money. She sees no problem with alcohol and yet she has major pause when it comes to marijuana?
When will the public wake up to the lies and double speak that these politicians are selling?