Kansas Legislator Steve Alford Spouts Racist Lies About African-American Cannabis Users – News

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Kansas Representative Steve Alford showed his true colors last weekend, and they weren’t pretty. At a town hall meeting on Saturday, Rep. Alford told constituents that he opposed cannabis legalization because he believes African Americans are “genetically” predisposed to be drug users — a statement that is both incredibly racist and objectively false.

According to the Garden City Telegram, which has since released a video of the incident, Alford was responding to a question from a local politician about boosting state revenue with taxes from legal cannabis, when the Republican legislator began citing the debunked “gateway” theory, before eventually graduating to a slew of arguments hinged on prohibition-era anti-black propaganda.

“Basically any way you say it, marijuana is an entry drug into the higher drugs,” Alford said. “What you really need to do is go back in the ’30s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas (and) across the United States.

“What was the reason why they did that? One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, was that the African Americans, they were basically users and they basically…

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