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It doesn’t take a puritan to make critical observations concerning the behavior of America’s political elite, as much of it is so transparent and ill informed, that it becomes self-serving beyond recognition. This is what Patrick Kennedy is doing when he decries the use of marijuana, making claims that have no basis in fact, but stating those claims in a manner reminiscent of protestations spoken with a passion that can only have a hidden and contrary meaning that serves his own personal needs.
So, when one hears of a member of an American political dynasty crusading against addictive substances, one does not immediately think “Kennedy.” Yet here he is, Patrick Kennedy, son of Ted and a former Rhode Island congressman, launching an anti-pot group called Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM). Kennedy, who fought a public battle with pills and alcohol, is now a so-called mental health advocate and irresponsibly denounces marijuana as a drug that “destroys the brain and expedites psychosis,” reports the Washington Post.
The dissolute Kennedy goes on to say:
In terms of neurobiology, there’s no distinction between the quality and types of drugs that people get addicted to. That’s why they call it a gateway drug. Addiction is addiction is addiction.
While he has dabbled in pot himself, he won’t say whether he was addicted, and that comes as no surprise as those who protest the loudest are those who are often most likely to engage in said behavior, albeit secretly, behind closed doors.
Pot advocates were quick to decry Kennedy’s new group. “If Mr. Kennedy is truly concerned about public health and safety, I cannot fathom why he would prefer that adults use alcohol instead of making the safer choice of marijuana,” says one advocate. The first SAM event will take place tomorrow in Denver, where the drug became legal in December.