Marijuana Policy Project: John Kavanagh One of the Worst State Legislators in the Nation

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The Marijuana Policy Project has named Arizona Republican Representative John Kavanagh the third-worst state legislator in the country.

Obviously, the Marijuana Policy Project is taking into account only Kavanagh's fanatical anti-marijuana crusade, which is just one freaky thing about the guy's record.

See also:
-Kavanagh Wants No Exception for Cancer Patients in Proposed Medical-Pot Repeal

In fact, more than 69 percent of New Times readers agree, "There are good lawmakers, then bad lawmakers, then 50 feet of crap, then Kavanagh."

Kavanagh kicked off the most recent legislative session by announcing his support for repealing Arizona's voter-approved medical marijuana law. He then proceeded with vocal support of a bill that would protect Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the event of a recall election, before he went "bathroom birther" -- proposing that people use their birth certificate to prove they're using the correct public restroom, if needed.

Kavanagh has also been one of the biggest proponents of SB 1070 since its inception.

So, it's really no surprise that any pro-freedom or pro-human-rights group would call Kavanagh one of the worst legislators in the country, and medical-marijuana advocates are no exception.

Luckily for Arizonans, Kavanagh dropped his attempted repeal of the state's medical-marijuana program, since the support from his fellow legislators was light.

Kavanagh, a retired cop, still puts in work as an anti-pot propagandist who claims that "no medical authority" would say medical pot does any good.

"They all say it's harming you," Kavanagh said. That's completely false, of course.

It's hard to argue with Marijuana Policy Project's ranking of Kavanagh here.

Check out the organization's video below:



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alteredstates33
alteredstates33

Why don't we hear more arguments against the use of tobacco and alcohol.  In fact, why don't we incarcerate people who are addicted to tobacco?  Why don't we do the same to alcoholics?  No.  We send them to A.A.  As for tobacco, I don't know if there is an Tobacco Anonymous.  If there is, please inform me.  

But, the real question is; why do we fill our prison systems with non-violent cannabis users.  If we legalized it, cannabis would NOT be an issue - as it should be a NON-issue.

This whole "debate" about cannabis use is ridiculous, as is, most of what the human race does!

I think all the "experts" are nuts!

dkessler4
dkessler4

The war on marijuana had seedy beginnings in racial prejudice, greed, and lies.  Not much has changed.  Ask Kavanaugh to listen to Dr Sanjay Gupta's special instead of watching Reefer Madness another time.  Another good documentary is Leaf and the documentary that later followed called The Power of Raw Cannabis.  These are on You Tube.  One person dies every nineteen minutes from an overdose of prescription drugs.  In the entire history of man's association with cannabis there are no reported overdoses solely of cannabis.  Ask Kavanaugh if he would permit people to use cannabis if it cured cancer?  This just may be the case:


http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/07/27/34-medical-studies-proving-cannabis-cures-cancer/


http://cannabisscience.com/download/cannabis_cancer_ref1111-2.pdf


Tell Kavanaugh:  Stop lying to people!  We do not beleive your lies anymore!

Tina Ramos
Tina Ramos

Just legalize it. Sell it like cigarettes, stop wasting time & money in fighting it.

James Wasil
James Wasil

From studies done by Stanford University: http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/marijuana/the-harmful-effects.html "...Marijuana smoke contains 50% to 70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke. One major research study reported that a single cannabis joint could cause as much damage to the lungs as up to five regular cigarettes smoked one after another. Long-time joint smokers often suffer from bronchitis, an inflammation of the respiratory tract. The drug can affect more than your physical health. Studies in Australia in 2008 linked years of heavy marijuana use to brain abnormalities. This is backed up by earlier research on the long-term effects of marijuana, which indicate changes in the brain similar to those caused by long-term abuse of other major drugs. And a number of studies have shown a connection between continued marijuana use and psychosis. Marijuana changes the structure of sperm cells, deforming them. Thus even small amounts of marijuana can cause temporary sterility in men. Marijuana use can upset a woman’s menstrual cycle. Studies show that the mental functions of people who have smoked a lot of marijuana tend to be diminished. The THC in cannabis disrupts nerve cells in the brain affecting memory..." You must have thought I was kidding?

James Wasil
James Wasil

^ By the way, even that source "supposes" things which I disagree with entirely at the beginning because they try to give you some form of out for the addictive and dangerous poison that this crap is in reality. I cite it, even with those few initial (and false) suppositions at the beginning being in _your_ favor, because I am being as unbiased as possible while remaining entirely true to the facts here.

James Wasil
James Wasil

I already told you this, Joe. The suppression of those symptoms only compounds them for later release in the body the moment that is stopped. You are so ignorant of this, and I don't understand why that is, except for the fact that you want to endorse this poison for others so badly. Cannabis CAUSES LUNG CANCER by idiots smoking it. They are at least 6 times more likely to get cancer from the typical joint (which is equivalent to an entire PACK of cigarettes btw) than through traditional poisonous tobacco. If that doesn't enlighten you somewhat, then I'm not sure what will. I've done extensive research on these things already, and considerably more than you for you to say that a carcinogen somehow "cures" cancer when it's actually one of the leading causes of it. You quote the cia news network; classic. How about we try something a little more factual, more honest, and more educated than "CNN", Joe. Let's go for the Harvard University's facts on this instead: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/evidence99/marijuana/Health_1.html If you can't understand that you are promoting cancer, illness, and death through the promotion of marijuana, then that makes you a heartless bastard, not me. You need to fucking LEARN that POT IS A POISION and a CARCINOGEN on top of being a NEUROTOXIN TO THE BRAIN and MODIFIES EGG AND SPERM CELLS PERMANENTLY PRIOR TO REPRODUCTION.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

I wasn't going to respond, but I find it to be ironic that someone such as yourself that claims to be well educated can be so ignorant on this subject yet believe you are right when you are soooo wrong. Let me enlighten you... and by the way this can be found if you bothered to step outside your bubble.... Lung cancer? Guess what? Cannabis KILLS CANCER! It is also a bronchial dilator...in other words, it does the opposite of tobacco. Why don't you try to do a bit of research first...seriously. If you're into "clean living", this is then the ONLY medicine you should EVER take. Otherwise you sound, well, stupid. http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health/charlotte-child-medical-marijuana.. Also, Christy in New Jersey just signed a bill so a 2 year old can live because he has seen the help extracts from pot can provide. Look it up and LEARN. look up CBD's just please fucking learn something. Now if you can't grasp the concept of the medicinal benefits you're basically a heartless bastard. DONE!!

James Wasil
James Wasil

Joe, you're full of crap. It has NO medical value beyond or even on par with natural herbs and medicines that produce NO side effects whatsoever and NO drug highs. You're off base, and I believe that even you know that to be true. It does not "completely" and does "not even partially" cure or heal cancer or epileptics. If anything, it contributes to cancer further, and temporarily dumbs down the nerves of epileptics for them to have more severe (and possibly fatal) seizures later. You are promoting dangerous lies that could kill people, and you don't even seem to care? Pot is not an herb, neither is a magic mushroom, and neither is cocaine made from the coca leaf. You're wrong, and you know this. Your ignorance is proceeded only by your arrogance and human idiocy for compliance with substance abuse for the sake of your friends and family members who are addicts, nothing more. You cite only the studies of pot heads (which are no studies at all), and the few who benefit monetarily from the distribution of the dangerous drugs that kill people. You support dumbing down society so that they will be addicts and not know the dangerous of this poisonous drug, which is far worse than if you had ingested something like poison oak or poison ivy. Keyword here is POISON, because that is what it is. Not everything that grows wild is safe for you to consume. Grapes grow wild but are poisonous to dogs. Marijuana grows wild, but is poisonous to humans. Dogs like grapes, but it is detrimental for them...and they will eat them, even if you say no and try to prevent them from harming themselves. Humans like their poisons which are detrimental to them, too...and will also eat them and make excuses as to why which they know to be false, even if you tell them no. Likewise, dogs will also eat chocolate and lick toads (if in AZ out further west) which are fatal to them. Humans are no different than those dogs, and will do exactly the same. You are an example of this, as are far too many others! I don't dispute your stance on the corporations or war, however. On that, you are totally correct...and it is an unpleasant truth to deal with, for you and I both. I won't be like people and pretend it isn't there, sweep it under the rug, or say that it's one thing or another when it's not. War is awful, and it is a profiteering racket facilitated and propagated by corporations. That is true. And yet, as bad as that is...thus far...it has not permanently destroyed the moral fabric of society yet (even as bad as it is) or had as lasting consequences on subsequent generations as the poisons people are ingesting and spreading the consequences of biologically to their offspring have. I really don't use drugs, never have, never will. I don't have anything to gain or lose from disclosing that on the web. It's something to be proud of I think, and something I wish more people could say. We'd have a better world today by far if they could. Purity should have nothing to do with right-wing or left-wing ideologies. It should have everything to do with keeping oneself in a healthy, natural, and unaffected state that doesn't damage others or future generations. Politics shouldn't even be a part of that. I won't get cancer because I've already privy to and utilizing natural things which are not dangerous, poisonous, do not create unnatural highs, and are not synthetic with any adverse effects or side-effects. I only use real natural things...not poisons that people pass off as such. I won't use "the devil's" weed as you call it, nor prescribed poisons...because I refuse to use poisons, period when only a cure is required to maintain good health and actual healing from that problem. You can try to escape reality and forget about intelligent and aware people like me all you like Joe, but that won't change reality or what is on the horizon. Even still, enjoy the peace you find while it lasts. There is little of it to be found these days. Have a nice evening.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Oh and by the way... I'm done with this thread. I made my point. But as your ego warrants you carry on you'll be posting to yourself for your own gratification. I'm on my way to the mountains to relax and forget about people just like you. Have a great life and remember if you get cancer stay away from that devils weed and die a natural death.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

James you obviously have a hardon against something that has been known to not only help but completely heal cancer and epileptics. You calling pot a " drug " only enforces my assessment of your ignorance. Pot is an herb. Not one study has definitively found detrimental effects to this herb. You say America is falling and that's fine. you can have a defeatist attitude I prefer to see the best side. Now your working with " scientists " has no effect on this subject, this is about pot not war. The companies you've listed are contributing to the downfall of this country. Their main product is weaponry. I know because at one point I made the turbines and the weapons into a real state that came from their blueprints. Not to mention they haven't paid a tax in years. You stated I'm encouraging dysfunction when in all actuality pot has been proven to make some people function better. Look it up sometime. The only thing I'm addicted to is life, well that and music. So ladeeda you say you don't use any drugs and I can say I'm the Pope after all it is the web. And please anytime you have something that states pot is definitively " poison " by all means post it. Otherwise you're basically a blowhard in lockstep with Right Wing ideology.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Of course he doesn't watch CNN. Or read JAMA. Or talk to physicians. He's quite simply a dolt who fits the "facts" to conform to his established beliefs. A Lewis Carroll character.

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

Morons vote for idiots then complain about all the stupid things they do for all the free money and bonuses. Its getting old. There is no number, They are all paid for pieces of shit.

James Wasil
James Wasil

You might as well, Joe. At least you'd have an excuse for being so hopelessly stupid other than to support the degeneracy of your "friends" and therefore, be an accomplice to it. I don't have anger issues, I have zero tolerance for marijuana drug propaganda, that's all. Your so-called "doctors, lawyers, and a couple of judges" are obviously below the bar (no pun intended) on credentials these days. Don't even get me started on what a circus the legal system is, and how it is a perpetuated fraud upon people who hire lawyers to become wards of the court. You think treachery is evidence of intelligence? You seem to be in adequate company in all 50 states then...hence why America is also going to hell in a hand-basket. If these failures are your definition of leaders, then heaven help us before the flames claim us all. I have worked with and among scientists for Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Electric, and many more. For you to make such uninformed and highly uneducated assumptions of people I have access to, you present yourself as baseless, ridiculous, and petty with unfounded claims...in excess for your support to increase the victims of drug abuse. You encourage further dysfunction for those who are not even able to realize that they have a serious problem, and it is going untreated because of people like you who pretend it is ok. You people are addicted to dysfunction, and there is NO success in your illusion of it...only delayed failure in a society that keeps lowering the bar to make the middle ground of rock bottom seem elevated. My mental state is completely sound, because I don't support nor use the drugs you endorse, advocate, and encourage for the destruction of people both individually and collectively. Your guess is as stupid as your unintelligible stance. I do not use drugs of any kind, be them prescription, publicly approved, or the alternative mind altering drugs that you are speaking on behalf of. Not only are you baseless, you're both overly imaginative and easily predictable. As a lockstep tool of society that endorses poisons without understanding why, I expect no less from you.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Well you sure did just stick a fat dick in your mouth or in this case in your fingers. I don't get high, I don't drink and I don't smoke. You seem to have anger issues.. possibly from being fucked by your families clergy? Maybe constipation? Who really knows. My mentally challenged buddies are Doctors, Lawyers, a couple of judges, some iconic musicians and basically the leaders you have no access to. So yeah I need to get a grip on my addiction. The addiction to continue to succeed. Dude your grip has obviously slipped off whatever is holding you mental state together. My guess is you're off your prescription meds.

James Wasil
James Wasil

Sure Steve Smith "your"...you can't even FUCKING SPELL and you have the audacity to call people at least 116 times smarter than you "stupid people"? You are the epitome of stupid, and if your support for drug abuse through the marijuana plant didn't already reveal that, your illiteracy and retardation certainly has. I don't use drugs you retard...whether they are prescribed, "over the counter", or made out of your plant that was never intended for human consumption. Joe, being intelligent enough to refuse addictions that your weak mind and chemically dependent body cannot makes me far more evolved than you and your mentally challenged buddies. You can keep sticking the needle in your arm and banging your head against the wall wondering why your world is shit. You ARE the shit in the world, Joe. It's unfortunate that shit like you breeds, and that you're making this world die. I don't have to pretend to be like you, dragging knuckles, breathing through my mouth only, and growing or buying illegal substances to fill the void of something meaningful in MY life, asshole. Get a grip, get help for your addiction, and grow the fuck up if you're even capable of it.

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog

hes easily one of the worst politicians in the country.....and it has very little to do with what a bunch of stoners think

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

James breathing through your mouth and dragging your knuckles makes you a dying breed. So carry on.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

So how does it feel to have your head so far up someone's ass that every time you blink it makes them laugh?

Kimberly Lawrence-Haslett
Kimberly Lawrence-Haslett

why the hell do we vote these people into office in the first place, politicians like this don't just affect their district they affect all of AZ. It is up to all of AZ to campaign against them.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

your one of the stupid people, I bet you are addicted to prescription meds.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

I laugh when stupid people stand firm on a lie, like, "hey, I'm an idiot! I still believe pot is harmful." Retards I tell ya!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

What is it with Arizona that elects nothing but nutcases 90% of the time by voters that are just plain idiots that never learn.

This place is a trip

Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy

Anyone that supports a sherriff that didnt even try to solve the over 400 sex crimes against kids.........he needs not to be in any legislature. He supports guns on campus. he tried to keep the health care issue from ever getting to a vote of the people elected to make those tough choices. He wants to control things and thinks he is the only one that knows anything. he is a clown.

James Wasil
James Wasil

He's doing his job just fine, and then some. Anyone who doesn't like it is useless fucking trash with a fucking ADDICTION that needs to seek help for it.

Sam Jabbour
Sam Jabbour

Effective legislator, budget hawk, pro law guy. Marijuana Policy Project hates him? Badge of honor for John. If he runs for re-election I'll kick a few bucks his way...again. BTW who has he "teabagged"? You the witness, recipient, or just have pics?

oscaroscaroscar
oscaroscaroscar

What a loser.  Joe Friday died 25 years ago...but we have the pathetic wannabee's like this clod.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

If these folks are so damn smart, then they should have no problems sitting for a standard IQ test. They draw their pay from the tax coffers, so the citizens have the absolute right to know their intelligence level. EVERYONE knows the gateway drugs are sugar and caffeine, throw nicotine in there if u wish. Jimmy Carter was correct in saying this country is no longer a functioning democracy, and this proves it. Hey Kavanagh, been to any hate rally's this week ?....tard. peace

logicman
logicman

it sucks waiting around for these people to die off

azweasel
azweasel

This fucking clown doesn't know shit from shinola. That's why his shoes are such a mess. Asshole!!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

When I checked to see if Kavanagh has a Facebook page, he doesn't, I found another John Kavanagh who lists his profession as "Works on the pot farm."

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

@James WasilCheck the DATE on that study will you?  Cannabis smokers have a GREATER lung capacity than that of NON SMOKERS!  The following two articles say you're WRONG in your assessment  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1277837/   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/10/marijuana-and-lungs-study_n_1197854.html  Foundation for a Drug Free World has an AGENDA to satisfy, and although THAT information was BELIEVED to be true, just 2 yrs ago...  has since been found to not be the TRUTH!

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

@James Wasil Your article starts OFF with the truth... 

"Marijuana

Marijuana is at the center of a passionate debate, and there are often exaggerated, or even false claims made by those on each of the opposing sides"

Quoting an "Anti-Drug" websites DEFINITION of marijuana doesn't give your argument any more weight.  In all actuality, you're just spewing the Anti-Drug Talking points.  I'd almost BET my last dollar that if the truth were known, SOMEHOW, SOMEWAY, SOMEWHERE you make $$$ off of the Drug war!  

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

@James Wasil Ya know, I started reading this thread at the top and moved my way down.  At first I thought James was just misinformed or was somehow a Drug Warrior. (and I still think that's the case)  I was going to debate him logically and reference my points.  But the further I got along in the thread, I found that he wasn't just misinformed, he's FUCKING STUPID and doesn't WANT to learn the TRUTH.  Do you realize how LARGE of a CONSPIRACY it would have to be, in order to establish the VOLUMINOUS studies showing Cannabis efficacy as a medicine, that have been performed ALL OVER THE WORLD!  That would require a Conspiracy of ENORMOUS proportions and just couldn't possibly be pulled off.  But if you wanna believe in the Easter Bunny, you have EVERY right to.

squash
squash

You're right, fuck 'em both, @DeusMeumqueJus. We all know that marijuana legalization is really just a diabolical ploy by George Soros and the MPP to take over the world/usher in the New World Order! <<sarcasm>>

alteredstates33
alteredstates33

Instead of belaboring the meanger negative effects cannabis might cause to the human body, why don't you direct the attention of the readers of this web site to any TV commercial that advertises any given pharmaceutical.  

Anyone who isn't tone deaf, or can't read the multiple disclaimers that appear along with the advertisement, warning of all the dangerous side effects pharmaceuticals bring with their normal use, and then gets hysterical even at the mention of cannabis use, is either crazy or profoundly stupid.  Oh, I forgot the term ignorant.

Anything we ingest, aside from organic, fresh fruits and vegetables has the potential for, at least, a minimum of side effects.  But, you have to weigh the cost/benefit analysis in all these matters.  And, when it comes to cannabis use, vs a Big Mac, I'll take my chances with cannabis every time.  Proper use, vs. abuse is what should be discussed, not the abstinence of cannabis entirely.

But, it is people like you and crazy man Arpaio and Kavanagh that make life miserable for people in genuine need of the benefits that cannabis affords we humans.

Who are you, some "White Knight", coming to the aid of all humanity by warning us of the "dangers" of cannabis?  Fanaticism breeds Fascism. And Fascism breeds dictators.  Many a war has been fought over religion, and other "good" causes. Other wars have been fought over land, commodities, and now, it is the "Drug War" that has taken "center stage", waiting for its' next victim.  But, only the ignorant, greedy, spiritually blind, or, other forms of madness, perpetuates the "War on Drugs".  

What say ye, men of good will?  Let's bring an end to this insanity about drug use and empty the jails and prisons, and stop ruining the lives of young, non-violent, Americans, whose only "guilt" is using a weed that grows out of "God's Good Earth" all over the world, and was made illegal in 1937, by evil men like William Randolph Hearst,  and Dow, and Dupont Chemical companies.

For the truth about how the anti-marijuana laws were created,  Google: Harry Anslinger.  And, get ready for an eye-opener!  The story you are about to read is pure evil!  

DeusMeumqueJus
DeusMeumqueJus

@squash No, genius, George Soros wants the legalization of drugs so he can capitalize off the market.  Billionaires don't push agendas without an agenda to make money. The New World Order is already happening dumb ass, if you haven't noticed we are in a global economy, what do you think a New World Order is......slave

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