Reversing his previous position that “pot is no big deal”.
Kennedy says, “I admit it—I was wrong to initially think that there was there were something harmless about medical marijuana because now what I’ve seen is that there is a commercial industry behind this “medical marijuana” soon to be moving down the track as it has in Washington, and Colorado, fully legalized…”
“My fight has been about mental health and treating addiction…”
He starts speaking to facts, and his facts are wrong.
But he did get the part about Washington and Pharma taking over. First they banned it. Now they control it. Pharma serves it.
“In 1936 the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) noticed an increase of reports of people smoking marijuana, which further increased in 1937. The Bureau drafted a legislative plan for Congress seeking a new law, and the head of the FBN, Harry J. Anslinger, ran a campaign against marijuana. Newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst‘s empire of newspapers used the “yellow journalism” pioneered by Hearst to demonize the cannabis plant and spread a public perception that there were connections between cannabis and violent crime.“
However, in 1949 the government was aware that marijuana was effective as medical treatment for epilepsy. The study was squelched.