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Patrick Kennedy warns towards push to ‘legalize and commercialize’ hashish, cites ‘plague’ of dependancy

“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 assume 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 also be an outspoken opponent of the legalization of leisure marijuana use. 

The previous lawmaker claimed the vice trade sees youthful shoppers as a possible money cow, citing merchandise like laborious lemonades and Juul vaping mechanisms in addition to twentieth Century adverts 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 trade.

“[T]hey are making a strategic wager that we’re going to legalize and commercialize marijuana on this nation,” he stated. “Tucker, I’ve bought 5 children and I know they will be primed to undergo from dependancy.”

“A part of dependancy runs in your genes, however the different half is when it occurs as a result of younger individuals’s brains aren’t absolutely shaped. And children at present are panicked, anxious, depressed. In fact, why wouldn’t they be, given the unsettled economic system and the COVID and influence of it. So it’s pure that folks need to self-medicate.”

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

“I do know dependancy 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 pals, and I don’t assume 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 highway with all of the individuals that can undergo from this illness,” he stated. 

“I simply don’t assume individuals care. I’m actually involved that we’re not as delicate in regards to the illness of dependancy.”

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