At Least He’s Not Your State Representative

Kansas State Rep. Steve Alford

In another edition of our long-running series, “At Least He’s Not Your Legislator,” we take you to Kansas, where a Republican lawmaker adds a racist tone to a conversation about legal marijuana.

From the Garden City Telegram:

During Saturday’s Legislative Coffee session at St. Catherine Hospital, State Rep. Steve Alford, R-Ulysses, made an ostensibly racist comment when citing domestic Jim Crow-era drug policies.

When Zach Worf, president of the Finney County Democrats, argued that legalizing marijuana could be a financial boon to cash-strapped Kansas, Alford told him he should look to the 1930s, the latter part of the prohibition era, for a history lesson. Alford said that a reason for the tightening grip on potential intoxicants at that time was to shield Americans from the consequences of drug abuse by “African Americans.”

“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?” he continued to a crowd of about 60 people, none of whom were black. “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. [Pols emphasis] And so basically what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to do a complete reverse with people not remembering what has happened in the past.”

No word on whether or not Alford is friends with Colorado State Sen. Vicki Marble, who thinks African-Americans eat too much chicken.


9 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    It is not news that marijuana laws, and especially their enforcement, were primarily racist . . . 

    . . . what is news, (or isn’t) is that today’s racists will still sell and buy that nearly-century old discredited tripe.

    i keep hoping for these fools to finally die off, but goddamnit they just keep making more . . . 


  2. allyncooper says:

    Were there any black people in Reefer Madness ?  I can't remember, probably because I've been stoned every time I watched it. Which paradoxically confirms Alford's premise that people can't remember what happened in the past.

  3. Genghis says:

    I'm afraid Dio's right; there will never come a time when the "Coloreds can't handle their weed" thing isn't appealing to a significant segment of our population. This is yet another reason why the collapse of the U.S. can't happen fast enough.

  4. ModeratusModeratus says:

    I don't agree with his conclusions but it's a fact that drugs have hurt the African American community. Responsible people of any color should be able to admit that.

  5. Genghis says:

    It seems this nauseating sack of shit and entrails is concerned that people might think he's racist. Oh my.

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