In Kentucky, Republican state Representative Robert Benvenuti will not be voting to legalize marijuana for any use, medical or recreational, any time soon. He has done what no one before him has ever succeeded in doing, he has found people who have lost loved ones to pot overdoses.
He made his claims during hearings on a proposal to legalize medical pot use, citing the states already high level of illegal and prescription drug abuse he said that it is just too dangerous a plant to allow it to be legally sold for any purpose.
[box type=”shadow”]“I do not believe in the recreational use of marijuana, and I could likewise fill this committee room with first responders, law enforcement officers and parents of dead children based on the effects of marijuana.”[/box]
When those present protested that no one has ever found a case of someone dying from smoking or eating too much pot the representative attempted to qualify his remarks, “In driving intoxicated, in child abuse,” he continued, “we’ve already heard today from folks who talk about intoxicants and its role in child fatality and child abuse.”
What Mr. Benvenuti doesn’t say is that while driving while intoxicated on pot may be just as dangerous as abusing another drug, such as alcohol, and driving, it is highly unlikely that one who is high on pot will become violent towards a child or anyone else — well, at least as long as no one tries to take his munchies away.
“So we need no more recreational drugs in Kentucky,” he finished.
Watch Benvenuti’s remarks in the video below from KETV.
h/t: Raw Story