Patrick Kennedy: Just Say No to Pot
Kennedy son launching anti-marijuana group
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2013 9:13 AM CST
Edward Kennedy Jr. and former US Rep. Patrick Kennedy, right, attend a campaign event for Elizabeth Warren in Boston, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Newser) – When one hears of a member of an American political dynasty crusading against addictive substances, one does not immediately think "Kennedy." Yet here's Patrick Kennedy, son of Ted and a former Rhode Island congressman, who is launching an anti-pot group called Smart Approaches to Marijuana. Kennedy, who fought a public battle with pills and alcohol, is now a mental health advocate and denounces marijuana as a drug that "destroys the brain and expedites psychosis," reports the Washington Post.

“In terms of neurobiology, there’s no distinction between the quality and types of drugs that people get addicted to. That’s why they call it a gateway drug. Addiction is addiction is addiction," he says. He's dabbled in pot himself, though won't say whether he was addicted. Pot advocates were quick to decry Kennedy's new group. "If Mr. Kennedy is truly concerned about public health and safety, I cannot fathom why he would prefer that adults use alcohol instead of making the safer choice of marijuana,” says one advocate. The first SAM event will take place tomorrow in Denver, where the drug became legal in December.

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ppacimr9ball
Jan 25, 2013 9:01 AM CST
"addictive substances" UM HELLO marijuana is not addictive, your body never builds a tolerence to the drug, and i hope his crusade includes cigarettes
whatrtheysmoking
Jan 11, 2013 7:27 AM CST
LOL His Grand Daddy made his fortune from Bootlegging Alcohol !!! Talk about a hypocrite !!! I bet if his families Money came from the Drug Trade he would be speaking out against Alcohol !!!
apocalypso
Jan 10, 2013 11:07 AM CST
LOL, does this idiot just sit around all day trying to think of ways to be irrelevant? Shameless pandering to the church-lady demographic, this dolt has no self-respect or he'd be crusading for something that actually matters. I want to use his stupid mealy mouth for an ashtray and stub out my roach on his eyeball.