Patrick Kennedy warns towards push to 'legalize and commercialize' hashish, cites 'plague' of habit

Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., sounds off on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight'

Former congressman Patrick Kennedy responded Friday to a Bloomberg report that the U.S. marijuana foyer is attempting to forestall him from turning into the pinnacle of the Workplace of Nationwide Drug Management Coverage, a place generally generally known as the "drug czar".

"We love our addictions in America, and, you know, I believe it’s an enormous worthwhile enterprise, and, of course, actual revenue comes when individuals don't drink responsibly," Kennedy, a recovering cocaine and prescription drug addict informed "Tucker Carlson Tonight". "I don’t suppose alcohol [companies] make cash off of people that drink responsibly. They make their cash off of individuals like me, who drink extra than they need to."

Kennedy, who represented Rhode Island's 1st District within the Home of Representatives for 16 years and is the son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, can be an outspoken opponent of the legalization of leisure marijuana use. 

The previous lawmaker claimed the vice business sees youthful shoppers as a possible money cow, citing merchandise like onerous lemonades and Juul vaping mechanisms in addition to twentieth Century advertisements that includes Joe Camel and different characters.

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Kennedy then famous that Richmond-based Altria, which owns tobacco product producer Philip Morris, has a stake in Juul whereas additionally investing within the hashish business.

"[T]hey are making a strategic guess that we’re going to legalize and commercialize marijuana on this nation," he stated. "Tucker, I’ve acquired 5 youngsters and I know they're going to be primed to undergo from habit."

"A part of habit runs in your genes, however the different half is when it occurs as a result of younger individuals’s brains aren’t absolutely fashioned. And children right this moment are panicked, anxious, depressed. In fact, why wouldn’t they be, given the unsettled financial system and the COVID and affect of it. So it’s pure that folks need to self-medicate."

Kennedy urged his private experiences and his apprehension surrounding alcohol and medicines concern "Massive Pot" and different highly effective lobbying entities in Washington.

"I do know habit is a plague. I’ve seen it up shut in my household. I’ve suffered in my very own life. I've seen it with my mates, and I don’t suppose our nation is actually up for this trade-off in order to have a commercialized product that’s so addictive, and having the ability to pay the worth for that down the street with all of the individuals that may undergo from this illness," he stated. 

"I simply don’t suppose individuals care. I’m actually involved that we’re not as delicate concerning the illness of habit."

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