Kansas lawmaker who made racist remarks resigns chairmanship

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During the Saturday coffee meeting, Rep. John Doll, a Republican from Garden City, said Kansas shouldn't even consider legalizing recreational marijuana in light of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move last week to rescind the Obama-era policies that told federal prosecutors not to pursue federal marijuana charges in states such as Kansas' neighbor Colorado, where state law allows its possession and sale. "What you really need to do is go back in the '30s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas (and) across the United States".

"What was the reason they did that?" he asked a crowd of about 60 people, none of whom were black. "They were basically users and they basically responded the worst to those drugs, just because of their character makeup - their genetics and that".

Aslinger was appointed the founding commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narctoics and campaigned for a stop to marijuana use because he said it caused crime and violence, using racist language such as "Reefer makes darkies think they're as good as white men" and "There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negros, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers".

"Reefer makes darkies think they're as good as white men".

Rep. Steve Alford stoked outrage with his comments about African-Americans and marijuana.

Noor Al-Sibai is a writer and editor for Raw Story, whose work has appeared in Bustle, Everyday Feminism, and Rewire.

Meanwhile, according to a report by New York Daily News, Alford in a statement Monday said, "I was wrong, I regret my comments, and I sincerely apologize to anyone whom I have hurt".

Anslinger reportedly once commented that, "There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others".

At the event he argued African-Americans were predisposed to react the worst to marijuana and that had played a role in the drug's prohibition in the 1930s.

"As to the racial component, I don't agree with it", he continued, adding, "I know Rep. Alford quite well". It's not surprising that Sessions, the man once deemed too racist to be a federal judge, enthusiastically favors a policy that keeps disproportionate numbers of black people in jail.

According to the Kansas City Star, Alford has since apologized for his remarks, but also said that the whole thing isn't his fault, which kind of negates the whole apology thing. After repeated questions, he said: "And he came up and told me I'm a racist. I'm about as far from being a racist as I can get".