Congressman Proposes 25 Years In Prison For Pot

They say that every action spurs an opposite reaction. Well, that certainly seems to be the case in Congress.

Just days after Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Barney Frank, along with 13 cosponsors, reintroduced HR 2835, the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act of 2009 in Congress, Republican Rep. Mark Kirk (Illinois) has called for federal legislation to sentence certain first-time marijuana offenders to up to 25 years in prison.

UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! It gets even worse. Check out some of the comments and coverage from Rep. Kirk’s press conference (WTF is “koosh?!”), which took place this afternoon. You can also offer your opinions regarding this misguided and mean-spirited proposal on and the ever-popular Huffington Post blog. You can also send Rep. Kirk and his colleagues a strong message by making your thoughts known on The’s Congress blog here.

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk to push tougher sentences for more-potent marijuana
via The Chicago Tribune

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk will call for legislation Monday that would toughen drug-trafficking laws regarding a highly potent form of marijuana, with penalties of up to 25 years in prison for a first-time offense.

The law would target offenders who sell or distribute marijuana that has a THC content exceeding 15 percent.

… Drug dealers are increasingly cross-breeding plants to produce high-potency variants of marijuana, which are called “kush” in street slang when they have 20 percent THC, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said. “When you amplify the strength of it, you are increasing the harm to the system,” said Curran, who supports the legislation, which would amend a federal law. “They are more dangerous behind the wheel of a vehicle. It’s not a good idea to have people that messed up.”

… The Republican North Shore lawmaker said he plans to release more information during a news conference in Chicago on Monday, where he will be joined by representatives from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group and Waukegan Police Department.

Okay, where to begin? Well, we can start with U.S. Representative Mark Kirk. According to the Congressman’s website, Rep. Kirk is “pro-personal responsibility.” Unless, of course, we’re talking about allowing responsible adults (or patients) the choice to relax (or medicate) in the privacy of their own homes with a substance that is objectively safer than alcohol (or most prescription pharmaceuticals). Then, naturally, all bets are off.

Representative Kirk’s website also alleges that the five-time-elected Congressman is “pro-science.” Unless, of course, we’re talking about cannabis — in which case he is actually “pro-ideology” and “anti-science.” After all, if Rep. Kirk was truly interested in the science of cannabis he would already know that:

1) According to a 2008 review (see page 12) of marijuana potency by the University of Mississippi, the average THC in domestically grown marijuana — which comprises the bulk of the U.S. market — is less than five percent, a figure that’s remained unchanged for nearly a decade.

2) THC — regardless of potency — is virtually non-toxic to healthy cells or organs, and is incapable of causing a fatal overdose. Currently, doctors may legally prescribe a FDA-approved pill that contains 100 percent THC, and curiously, nobody among Rep. Kirk’s staff or at the Lake County Sheriff’s office seems to be overly concerned about its potential health effects.

3) Survey data gleaned from cannabis consumers in the Netherlands—where users may legally purchase pot of known quality—indicates that most cannabis consumers prefer less potent pot, just as the majority of those who drink alcohol prefer beer or wine rather than 190 proof Everclear or Bacardi 151. When consumers encounter unusually strong varieties of marijuana, they adjust their use accordingly and smoke less.

Of course, if Rep. Kirk (write him here!) was really concerned about potential risks posed by supposedly stronger marijuana, he would support regulating the sale of drug (as opposed to jailing first-time pot sellers for a quarter of a century) so that its potency would be consistent and this information would be publicly displayed to the consumer. This same advice applies to the members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department and the Waukegan Police Department — who claim “we don’t make the laws; we just enforce them” — yet seem to have no problem whatsoever lobbying for increased federal pot penalties while on company time.

Fortunately, the likelihood is that Rep. Kirk’s proposed legislation will be all bark and no bite. One, I suspect that few if any of Rep. Kirk’s colleagues in Congress will even consider supporting such an asinine measure. Two, even if such legislation were to become law (and it won’t) — who would test each and every seized marijuana sample for THC potency and who would pay for it? Currently, only the University of Mississippi engages in such potency testing, which is highly expensive and requires the use of a gas chromatography mass spectrometer device. In short, it appears that the misguided Congressman from Illinois is simply trying to make headlines.

One can’t blame him for trying. After all, across the pond, unsubstantiated claims regarding the dangers of often-talked-about-but-never-actually-defined supposedly “lethal” ’skunk’ weed caused a national frenzy and resulted in Parliament hastily deciding to reclassify pot possession offenses from a verbal warning to up to five years in jail. Never mind that, under Britain’s short-lived experiment with decriminalization, marijuana potency actually fell — as did the number of adolescents using the drug.

Of course, as the latest actions of the so-called “pro-science, pro-personal liberty” Congressman show, facts play virtually no role in political drug policy debate, and ignorance hardly disqualifies someone from holding elected office.

– Article from NORML.



  1. Anonymous on

    With those boyish good looks, he’ll be the most popular guy on the cell block, and lube is mighty scarce in prison. I wonder if he can squeal like a pig?

    dude I wouldn’t wish rape on anyone, especially not prison rape, it’s serious, it destroys you forever (often), some guys get raped like 50 times (and often it’s gang rapes)

    so my friend

    if you think you fuuucking know anything

    no you don’t

    rape is fucked up in the head

    if I would get raped in prison, for sure I would kill some people in or out. welcome to america

    land of the jail

  2. Tony Guerrini on

    This a hole mark kirk needs a muzzle and his hands tied so he cant write any more ideas down. Does any one know the zip codes for his district ? his web site wont let you post if you dont enter the district zip codes, we all need to tell this disgrace to humanity what a douche bag he is. its no wonder his wife left, by the way Mark Kirk I fkd her and your mom…. at the same time while smoking a blunt

  3. Anonymous on

    Your right…what was I thinking. How could I imagine that someone who does a job for money might not believe in the work they do. Of course it’s not possible for a politician to vote against their feelings just so they can see something pass that they truly believe in. I don’t believe in 25 years for anything about cannibis, but that was not my point. My point is fight the cause without bashing the opposing side. Don’t be like them…show the other side that cannibis users are better people. Or, you can prove their point by showing how abusive cannibis users can be…which I hope is not the case.

    Keep pursuing the legalization of marijuana by peaceful positive discussions about the great benefits that cannibis can provide or you can keep giving them ammunition by your attitude towards other people.


  4. Anonymous on

    Oh sure, it’s called Kush when it’s over 20% THC. Gee, I could have sworn it was called Kush when it came from the Hindu Kush mountain range in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Live and learn, huh? Mark Kirk should be sent to prison for 25 years for grand stupidity. With those boyish good looks, he’ll be the most popular guy on the cell block, and lube is mighty scarce in prison. I wonder if he can squeal like a pig?

  5. Anonymous on

    once again the republicans are willing to try and pass laws that will tear apart people lives.Wears the proof that higher THC is more of danger or that THC it self is harmful in any way.I say prove it, show me the indepth study that backs up the claims that this such a danger that people should spend 25 years in prison for having hight grade pot. Thats right they isn’t one, and every time some one in the US has tried to conduct a real science based study on the pro’s and con’s to pot,even when the study as approval from a fed judge the DEA has refused to give out the licence.They do that because they know studies conducted out side the US. have come back the same not harmful, and this flies in the face of every thing they say about it. whats crazy is that because of this action this man is coming up with punishments for something he can’t even proves causes any harm what so ever!!!!!!! it’s time to stop the madness.

  6. Anonymous on

    You can’t blame the guy for trying to do the job of the other perspective on cannibis. He is only doing what he is told to do by his superiors IMHO. I am sure that his personal perspective on marijuana laws is different.



    If his personnal perspective on marijuana is different, but he is fighting for the other side, he is basically fighting for something he doesn’t believe

    he is a tool, a fool,
    and a divorced klown

    go home peanut face

  7. Anonymous on

    You can’t blame the guy for trying to do the job of the other perspective on cannibis. He is only doing what he is told to do by his superiors IMHO. I am sure that his personal perspective on marijuana laws is different. There are always two sides to a story and it’s unfortunately depressing when you read or hear someone talk about the negatives of a plant that can save the world. The fight will continue probably longer than needs too, but the main thing is to focus on the benefits of cannibis and try not to fight the tobacco and alcohol comparisons. Yes it is true that it is not as bad as the legal stuff, but the efforts should be focused on what cannibis can do for the earth and medical benefits for people. If the average THC level is around 5% to 10% than people need not to worry about his proposal and I can only assume that his proposal will affect the prescription drug marinol because of it’s 100% THC level. I am just a simpleton, but I know by common sense that cannibis is good for the enviroment, industrial, and health.

  8. George Lenard on

    This was not this man’s campaign platform? Surely had such ridiculous punishment is not what the main street America really wants. Rednecks smoke pot. some do! Here is the down and dirty! G.W.Bush and crew smuggled 10’s of thousands of tons of pure heroin out of Afghanistan to be stored on USA soil. The wrong right, like Mr. Kirk believe the way to stop pot smoking is to make the laws so severe that it will effect the price of weed. This will effectively make marijuana to costly for the poor and the under-aged. The problem is the highly addictive heroin will be sold so cheap there will be millions of heroin addict on the streets. This congressmen was not elected to be so ill-informed that he could be so stupid? Bush got in?

  9. Lygeia on

    Mark Kirk just recently received a divorce. He claims he has unsealed the records, but they remain sealed.

    Also, please note, no one who has been divorced has ever really attained high political office in this country. It still remains a stain, politically. As a result, Mark Kirk is trying to polish his image to ward off inquiries into his personal life.

  10. Danny on

    25 years is insanity for a first time offense, America has been on a path to a police state for a while. We need to stop these insane people from ever getting something like this passed into law.

  11. Anonymous on

    Dipshits like this turd Mark Kirk need to be ousted from office. Who the hell votes these numb-nuts in? America needs to wake the hell up before buffoons like Kirk ruin it any further.

    REGISTER TO VOTE AND GO VOTE! We actually DO have the power. Organize and get these pricks out!

  12. Anonymous on

    Oh yeah Chicago the land of the corrupt cops since Al capone.

  13. Adimus on

    It does certainly seem that way and since I’m certain he gets paid a lot more then I do, I think maybe I should look into another line of work. Since apparantly I can get payed well to be ignorant. How bout you can pay me the same and I wont be ignorant. That seems like a pretty good deal.

    It always kills me when people ask policians if they’ve talked to this person or seen this study or checked out this informative website and they always seem to say no or they need to look into it further. I mean seriously wtf? Shouldn’t you have been actively searching for that kind of information yourself before making any decisions even remotely effecting policy? It seems like you have to be ignorant of something to initiate a new policy and if you do know what you’re talking about you have to spend the entire time explaining to these kinds of people why they are so incredibly ignorant. what a waste.

  14. From the 70s on

    What idiots the Republicans are. High THC pot, oh yea, let’s pretend we never has hash or oil, much higher THC than any pot could ever be. IGNORANCE RULES the world.

  15. joe and his six pack on

    What a Nut it just goes to show you that any fool can be a politician. al you have to do is take bribes and pass foolish laws in the land of the prisons.