PI Original Adam Doster Tuesday June 16th, 2009, 10:21am

Kirk's Latest Priority: Saving Illinois From "Zombie-Like Kids"

Rep. Mark Kirk still can't make up his mind about the possibility for running for higher office next year. This morning, the North Shore Republican
told WBEZ
that he delayed his scheduled announcement in order to see who else enters both the 2010 gubernatorial and U.S. ...

Rep. Mark Kirk still can't make up his mind about the possibility for running for higher office next year. This morning, the North Shore Republican told WBEZ that he delayed his scheduled announcement in order to see who else enters both the 2010 gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races. In the meantime, he's trying to raise his profile among moderate voters statewide, introducing a bill that would toughen drug trafficking laws for strong marijuana.  Fox Chicago reported on the proposal yesterday, airing a clip of Kirk stating, "This is not your father's marijuana," and warning, "[W]e don't want to create zombie-like kids who can't perform in school or athletically."  Watch it: 

While Kirk's law could be good politics, it's silly policy. High levels of THC might make the effects of the drug slightly stronger, but it's non-toxic to healthy cells or organs (regardless of potency) and is incapable of causing a fatal overdose.

Testing THC levels requires expensive equipment as well, which would likely add a hefty price tag to the bill's implementation. Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, writes that the University of Mississippi is currently the only place that engages in potency testing.

Kirk's push to lock up more drug offenders in Illinois also comes as activists, academics, and public officials are calling for major reforms to drug crime sentencing laws. ArchPundit, back from a blogging hiatus, adds his two cents:

That said, we don’t need to be populating our federal prisons with people selling dope whether it is supposedly super pot or not. While this is obviously meant to target suburban voters–women especially who are worried about their kids–it’s stupid policy.  It increases the number of people in prison for non-violent crime and it’s not going to stop anyone from getting high.

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Our foolish drug policies are destroying our urban centers and overcrowded jails with individuals who need treatment for drugs and psychological problemsl. We need to end our misguided and ineffective war on drugs, not add to the fiasco. At the very least, we should decriminalize marijuana and treat it like like we treat alcohol. Sadly, we learned nothing from Prohibition.

Kudos to Ellen for her research on the truth regarding Drug Dolt Mark Kirk. Anyone with the bucks to afford $600/oz. is part of the rarefied rich and famous towing pricey attorneys. They do not spend time in jail.

ALISON, MPA
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Ah, thanks for linking to that post from Ellen. We somehow missed it.

This make's me wonder about the potency of whatever is in his beer glass.

Meanwhile, if you want good pot, or any drug for that matter, including prescription drugs, just go down to your local high school and look for the grungy looking kids without books coming to school late and leaving early. If you want it, they can get it, and no law is going to stop it.

No matter what you think about his drug policy, I find Kirk's comment here remarkable. He talks about kids performing academically and athletically. Nothing about their health, safety or well-being (oh that would imply we need health care reform, wouldn't it?)

What does Kirk think children are supposed to be, trained circus animals?

A far better source on drug abuse issues is our Lake County Coroner's blog, Live from the Coroner's Office. Dr. Keller has compassion and knows a thing or two about drug abuse issues.

This man Mark Kirk is absolutely idiotic to the point of being dangerous (remarks to China putting down our President). I WILL NEVER NEVER EVER VOTE FOR HIM.

Lets also make the DWI penalty's higher for whiskey, vodka and wine drinkers than beer drinkers.

It was pity that there are people who became drug addict because of some people who are very greed in earning money through this illegal drugs. Actually, there was talk of an extremely annoying, racist, blowhard with a prescription drug problem and barely any education join the ranks of NFL owners, and Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, did not like it. Jim Irsay doesn't support Rush Limbaugh (did we mention the pills and no education?) becoming an owner in any capacity of the Rams. Limbaugh says opposition to his bid is because of Democrats, further displaying a lack of cognizance, rationality, and a further lack of the absence of drugs from his system. (We might mention that he likes pills – and racism!) Jim Irsay, and rightly so, would have Limbaugh get a personal loan for something else and to stay out of the NFL.

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