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Anti-Marijuana Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) Resigns Amid Scandal

| by NORML

(FOX News) Eight-term Indiana Rep. Mark Souder announced his resignation Tuesday after admitting to an affair with a female aide who worked in his district office.

Souder, a Republican, will will step down on Friday. He said in remarks obtained by Fox News that he “sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff.”

Multiple senior House sources indicated that the extent of Souder’s affair with the staffer would have landed him before the House Ethics Committee. Sources told Fox News that the aide, identified as Tracy Jackson, a woman in her mid-40s, would accompany the congressman to events and to record ads at a Christian radio broadcast station.

Elected as a family values conservative as part of the Republican revolution in 1994, Souder survived a tough re-election challenge in 2008 and survived a contested primary two weeks ago.

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A holier-than-thou “family values” Republican caught committing adultery with a woman he recorded Christian radio ads with. Normally that’s the kind of ironic schadenfreude that I adore, but not really worthy of posting on the Stash. Even if there is video of the congressman and his mistress discussing the need for “abstinence” education for teenagers (which has been shown time and again to have no effect on teen sexuality other than reducing their likelihood of engaging in safer sexual practices.)

But when that eight-term congressman is one of the most rabid anti-marijuana prohibitionists in Congress, I can’t help but share. Never mind which lady he was screwing, think of the thousands of college students he screwed with his Higher Education Act, which denied federal student aid to young people caught with a little pot (but murderers, thieves, rapists, and even college cheaters and plagiarists can still get aid).

Here are some of Souder’s Greatest Anti-Drug Hits:

“One of the reasons why then-Speaker Dennis Hastert originally appointed me to the Homeland Security Committee was to pressure Congress and the Executive Branch not to forget about our duty to fight illegal drugs in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. … Like child and spousal abuse, we will never completely eradicate illegal drug use, but we have a moral obligation to fight this battle.”

Rep. Mark Souder (R-Indiana) observed that “in every store with rock music … you have the marijuana sign, the marijuana drug, an acceptance in the culture, and we need to focus on changing the moral authority … of this country.”

In early 2006, Souder added, to a bill about the office of the drug czar, a provision calling for the fungus Fusarium oxysporum to be used as a biological control agent against drug crops in foreign countries. Several federal and state agencies have previously rejected such use of the fungus because it is highly prone to mutation.

On February 9th, 2007 Souder appeared as a guest on MSNBC’s “The Situation With Tucker Carlson”. Souder was asked specifically as to why marijuana is of such focus with regard to anti drug campaigns. He said of today’s marijuana plants “the destruction in your brain cells, is more like coke or crack than it is like the old time marijuana” in regard to the addictiveness and modern THC content. Souder said that the high THC content of today’s marijuana makes it much stronger than “the ditch weed” of the 1960s and 1970s. The Congressman later went on to say “No drug user is a single drug user” and goes on to clarify that “a marijuana user is very seldom just a casual marijuana user“, to which Carlson said he was wrong based upon users he knows.

Excuse me now, I have to put on some John Lennon