Sen. McCaskill: If Pot is Legal "Kids Will Get Handed Joints Like They Get Handed Beers"

"I'm in close contact with my colleagues in Colorado and they're having some unexpected problems, some activity that they're not happy about. So I'm continuing to talk to them." McCaskill said, offering no specifics about these problems.

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She continued: "You know, there's no question that marijuana impacts your behavior. It's a mind-altering drug, just like nicotine and just like alcohol. I can definitely understand there are some arguments to be made that nicotine and alcohol are as bad or worse. I get those arguments. But I'm not sure that putting another one easily accessible -- besides nicotine or alcohol -- is the best way for us to go."

At that point, McCaskill was interrupted by Duell Lauderdale, a student at Mizzou who is also president of the university's chapter of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, a nationwide drug law reform group.

"Everybody's already consuming it, is the problem," he told the senator.

"Yeah, well, it is accessible. In some cases easily," McCaskill conceded.

"Actually more [accessible] for children when it's illegal because there's not somebody to check - a drug dealer will just hand it to them," Lauderdale responded.

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And then Senator Claire McCaskill, the former prosecutor and the 24th wealthiest member of Congress, delivered her argument for continued marijuana prohibition, which leads to more incarceration and less tax revenue:

"I guarantee you that there are kids who are getting handed beers everyday. So it's not like those same ones handing them beers aren't gonna hand them a joint. So that, that doesn't work. I'm open to watching and seeing what happens with this but right now, I'm not gonna give you the answer you wanna hear but hopefully you know that's what I do. I'm not gonna tell you I'm for it. But I'm gonna watch carefully and see what happens in Colorado."

See also: St. Louisan Owns Marijuana Dispensary in Colorado and Hopes Missouri Legalizes, Too

Like Yelvington, Lauderdale wasn't too thrilled with McCaskill's answer. But he admittedly wasn't surprised, given the senator's consistent anti-reform stance. However, he says, there was a bright side.

"She actually did admit at one point that alcohol or tobacco could be as bad or even worse than marijuana and I thought that was a pretty big concession from somebody who maintains a prohibitionist position," Lauderdale says.

"But other than that, I was dissatisfied, she kind of just alluded to these mysterious problems going on in Colorado, but she didn't put a single thing forward."

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John Evans
John Evans

Well, at least she isn't Todd Akin.

John Null
John Null

Well, this is one way to end your career I guess.

Robert Winkelmann
Robert Winkelmann

Well I sure as hell don't see many kids being handed beers unless some lazy underpaid shill at a gas station sells it to them without ID. Claire seems like a fairly smart person so this makes the statement just that much more retarded. And hate to break the bad news but if you don't let them get legal pot then they will just go get that synthetic crap and kill themselves, huff the freon out of your AC, buy cheap heroin off the streets, steal mommies pills...or something even worse. With that said I think I'm gonna smoke some right now to see if I can get her damn panties in a bunch. Your war on drugs has failed and made matters worse. Quit it.

Tessa Smith
Tessa Smith

Claire McCaskill, this is not a valid reason to dismiss legalizing marijuana. We cannot make laws based on what some people will do. Those people are already doing what you are implying, there will always be "those" people. We cannot run a democracy based on what the few will do, especially when they are already doing this. MO. needs hemp and marijuana revenue. Please think about this.

Sylvio Roberts
Sylvio Roberts

Mexican Americans in California give their kids pot leaf to calm them down before bed. It's a medicinal herb get over yourself uptight americans

Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson

So everyone here is a registered voter, right? Time for Claire to go! I vote against all incumbents regardless of their political party and it gives me a small sense of satisfaction, kinda like handing them a pink slip.

Liza Vader III
Liza Vader III

There are cases now that parents give their kids a toke and it's illegal now - she is an idiot to think if it's legal that kids will get it. News Flash it is illegal now and kids still get their hands in it!!

Jeff Tiberend
Jeff Tiberend

If pot is so horrible wet need to ban politicians from getting cash of any sort and ban special interest groups.

Chris Chilton Wilson
Chris Chilton Wilson

Yeah, cause I am just handing kids beer all the time! Alcohol is much more dangerous than pot, by the way! What a dummy!

Don Lanier
Don Lanier

You mean like Politicians get handed CASH

Stephen Freuler
Stephen Freuler

basically thats wats goin on now. at least when its legal, kids won't have a mark on there record for something as dumb as Possession

Julie Davis Chow
Julie Davis Chow

Really? she is clueless. I would not give my 17yr old a beer, or cigarette so why would I give him a joint?

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

I don't really get what you are saying Doug.

Freddy Johnston
Freddy Johnston

Claire u have left me speechless . Wish I could find a way to do the same to u. Shut up already.

John Salkowski
John Salkowski

I would not worry about it, since you don't or return an phone call from an Consumer, and VOTER, DON'T WORRY ABOUT SOMETHING YOU HAVE NEVER TRIED, IT WAS GROWN BY FORMER PRESIDENT'S .THOMAS JEFFERSON ETC.DRINKING ALCOHOL IS VERRY ADDICTIVE, SO IS NICONTINE, THOSE THINGS NEED TO BE ILLEGAL. !!!!! OH that's right those people give you $$$$$$$ ,Money Next election You will be VOTED OUT OF OFFICE !!!!!

Shawn Baldwin
Shawn Baldwin

That's happening today, Claire. And has been all along.

Jeff Keniston
Jeff Keniston

I can't bear to read the article. Did she really say that?? I'm sure it is a fine and well written article, RFT, but I simply cannot read it lol

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

Love seeing the left turn on the ones they voted in :)

Bear Eggers
Bear Eggers

Senator, are you saying Missourians aren't smart enough to know if it's a good idea or bad idea to give their own children marijuana unless you tell them? I had no idea you thought so little of the intelligence of your voters.

Bryan Sullivan
Bryan Sullivan

Dear Claire, we all wish that we could become as rich as you have become by manipulating the system to your benefit since you were elected a 'public servant'.

Tony Berwin
Tony Berwin

^^^agree same with me but it was millwakee best and this bitch is stupid ne way she can eat a bag of dicks

Andrew Cardwell
Andrew Cardwell

My dad gave me my first (sip) of Busch when I was about 5-6. .....who gives a shit.....

Stl FloorlayersInc
Stl FloorlayersInc

Legalize it everywhere and put a dent in the criminal organizations that are making their fortunes selling it. Let our schools and communities benefit from the taxes. I'm not a pot smoker, but I know it's easy enough to come by. Might as well sell it legally and keep harmless stoners out of jail for their pot related offences. That alone would save the state and or country loads of money...just my opinion

Joe Thebeau
Joe Thebeau

She just needs to go away. She F#CKED all of us VETERANS. We will not forget ... and we will not forgive.

Jim Harvatin
Jim Harvatin

If parents are going to do that they're going to do it if it's legal or if it's not So why punish people that may need it because of that stupid idea !!!!

Frankie Z Cammarata
Frankie Z Cammarata

What a dingbat.... who the fk is out handing kids beers... gtfo. As an elected official, if ppl are going around handing kids beers, & this elected official knows about, Id like to see the policies shes written up to combat this insanity. Whats that.... no new policies? Yeah.... thats what I thought. I would personally like to ask the Sen if she would be prefer to be known as totally clueless when it comes to the truth about marijuana reform, or to be known as someone who is soft on child abusers, & those who contribute to their delinquency? At this point..... its either 1 or the other

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

There are parents who do both, beer and drug parties.

Garry Heith Dunn
Garry Heith Dunn

If a kid wants to smoke it then they are going to smoke it. They can already get their hands on it. I'd rather someone smoke a little than get drunk and get in fights or drive drunk.

Adam Vishy
Adam Vishy

You said you get your weed from high schoolers, and it is legal because you are in Colorado. Are they licensed dealers? And I teach math...how is that creepy? See, what you did there is purposefully misrepresent facts to try to make me look "creepy". That is sophomoric.

Doug Syler
Doug Syler

McClaskill is just trying to balance the problems caused by illegal cannabis against the implied problem of kid's smoking cannabis. You can see her reasoning, based on her quick light-hearted assessment.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

No the high school kids are all over 18 and live in colorado completely legal...Hanging out with sixth graders your whole day now whose creepy?

Adam Vishy
Adam Vishy

Lock your guns like a responsible adult would, and get high to deal with your problems.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

I hate when my kids get into my guns and play with them makes me want to spank them

Doug Syler
Doug Syler

Why not have the law ignore cannabis like one million other substances that make you sick or kill you? That's right you consider being high the same as being sick. You ignore the fact that consuming heated cannabis makes you high. You'll still get your sales taxes.

Adam Vishy
Adam Vishy

The paper industry lobbied for cannabis to be illegal, not the beer industry.

Doug Syler
Doug Syler

Why not have the law ignore cannabis like one million other substances that make you sick?

Adam Vishy
Adam Vishy

Couch Pig: I'm glad your kids don't go to my school either...especially since you are engaging in felony activity with minors. Also, you spelled Ritalin and used "your" when you should have used "you're"...and I'm the idiot? Furthermore I'm not the one who looked at personal fb page info before commenting. Dude, kinda' creepy.

Doug Syler
Doug Syler

Americans don't need permission to make themselves sick or permission to do what they feel is beneficial. Candy is not beneficial except it tastes good. Beer tastes good but too much makes you sick. Smoking is stupid because the lungs have a valuable function which is degraded. Still no permission is required from the government to smoke. Why, because you can't make laws against possessing every little thing that makes you sick. Why not make fresh juiced cannabis legal if it is so beneficial? It can't make you high and can't be smoked.

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