Racism and Prohibition: Kansas State Rep. Defends Ignorance

Marijuana haters, Henry J. Anslinger, and Jeff Sessions have a true friend in Kansas State Rep. Steve Alford (R-124th District).

On display last weekend during a legislative coffee session at St. Catherine Hospital, Rep. Alford defended America’s policy of continued marijuana prohibition.

A bigoted civics lesson loaded with racial innuendo, Rep. Alford inadvertently exposed the race-baiting underbelly of marijuana’s continued prohibition.

While many professional politicians and polls agree that marijuana prohibition is a failed strategy that perpetuates unjust incarceration in the 21st century, the Kansas representative informed a predominantly “all-white crowd” that black marijuana use made prohibition an essential policy of the 1930s.

Embracing Anslinger’s ideology, the Garden City Telegram captured the state representative as he wrestled to answer a question about the potential economic upside of legalization in Kansas:

“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,” Alford said. “What was the reason why they did that? One of the reasons why, I hate to say it,…

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