Barney Frank: Cut the Crap, Legalize Heroin

And lots of 'high-functioning people' are on cocaine anyway
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2013 9:00 AM CDT
Barney Frank: Cut the Crap, Legalize Heroin
Barney Frank in a file photo.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

As a not-so-shy congressman, Barney Frank pushed for marijuana to be legal (and copped to eating a pot brownie). Now that he's retired, he's going further: He tells the Huffington Post that he thinks cocaine and even heroin ought to be legal, too. The only drugs that need restrictions, he argues, are those that might make a person act dangerously toward others, like PCP. "The question is are there drugs that have a very good likelihood of making me misbehave towards others? I do not believe heroin is in that category." (He says he's never tried it.)

Frank laughs off the dangers about cocaine: "Let's just cut through the bulls---. There are a lot of very high-functioning people in this society on cocaine," he says. "Cocaine is the rich people's drug." All of which begs the question, does Frank indulge in any drugs himself? Nope, he swears. "Never been tempted." His behavior-modification of choice is the occasional glass of wine. Click for some of Frank's best-of video gems. (More Barney Frank stories.)

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