Kansas Republican Lawmaker: Black People Can’t Handle Marijuana

Kansas state Rep. Steve Alford (R) claimed on Jan. 6 that marijuana was banned in the 1930s because black people could not handle it.

Alford parroted this Jim Crow myth during the legislative coffee session at St. Catherine Hospital, notes the Garden City Telegram:

What you really need to do is go back in the ’30s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas, 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 responded the worst off to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that.

The Garden City Telegram notes that Alford was parroting a myth pushed by marijuana prohibitionist Harry Anslinger, the founding commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN).

Anslinger campaigned for prohibition against the plant from 1930 to 1937 under the false claims that marijuana caused crime and violence: “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

Anslinger also said marijuana should be banned because of “its effect on the degenerate races.”

Anslinger also claimed that marijauan caused sexual relations between races which he opposed:

There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.

(Sources: Garden City Telegram, Brad Nading/YouTube)

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