For years, Barney Frank, the fiery former epresentative from Massachusetts, has advocated the legalization of marijuana. He made it clear, however, that this opinion is not grounded in self-interest. Though he has admitted to trying “pot cookies,” Frank concedes he has never been a pot smoker. This led many to wonder about the extents of drug legalization, since many arguments made for the legalization of marijuana might be made for mushrooms or cocaine or heroin.
Now, though Rep. Frank is formally retired from politics, he still makes his opinions known. Frank supports the legalization of certain drugs like heroin and cocaine.
Frank firmly believes if there are no other external consequences of drug use, then the user should be free to risk whatever potential bodily harm or gratification the drug might cause. Frank does not believe that all drugs are automatically or necessarily incapacitating.
“First of all, with cocaine, let's just cut through the bulls---,” fires Frank. “There are a lot of very high-functioning people in this society on cocaine. Cocaine is the rich people's drug. That is just silly. Heroin, again, I think the major source of the problem is the way people have to steal to get it.”
However he does make the distinction with other drugs he considers to have a more perverse effect.
“Now, there are some drugs, PCP and other things, that have an instant lethal effect,” Frank said.
While in Congress, Frank often teamed up across the aisle with Republican Rep. Ron Paul to push for legislation to legalize marijuana. Long before Frank admitted he supported the legalization of harder drugs, Paul supported the legalization of heroin claiming that legalization, normalization and regulation would actually decrease consumption.
It takes veteran congressmen like Paul and Frank to propose legislation like this. A younger or even mildly extroverted congressman would be immediately suspected of promoting his or her own self-interest in pursuing legalization. But both Paul and Frank, now both septuagenarians, do not fit the stereotypical profile of drug addicts.
Sources: Huffington Post