Head of DNC Takes Cash From Booze PACs, Calls Weed Gateway Drug| 0
Demonstrating that she’s beholden to the deep pockets of the alcohol industry, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz conveyed her frenzied opposition over the idea of legalizing marijuana last week to the New York Times — as the industry’s political action committee (PAC) continued to stuff some serious cash into her campaign coffers.
Ignoring the pro-pot logic of the two Democratic front-runners competing to be the next President of the United States, the DNC’s Chairperson, a House Democrat from the Sunshine State, explained, “I just don’t think we should legalize more mind-altering substances if we want to make it less likely that people travel down the path toward using drugs. We have had a resurgence of drug use instead of a decline. There is a huge heroin epidemic.”
So rather than focusing on the real problem, like say the alcohol industry, addiction, or Florida’s prolific pill mills. Wasserman Schultz, who collected $ 18,500 from big booze PACs, has decided that demonizing a medicinal herb is a far safer bet when it comes to getting reelected.
Representing the 5th biggest pile of money thrown at the Florida congresswoman, Ms. Schultz has been pandering to the alcohol industry during her re-election campaign, collecting blood money from the likes of Bacardi USA, the National Beer Wholesalers Association, Southern Wine & Spirits, and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
According to the CDC, “Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.”
When Wasserman Schultz was confronted with the ugly reality of Florida’s prolific problem with opiate addiction and whether or not Florida should outlaw opiates? Wasserman Schultz noted there’s “ a difference between opiates and marijuana.”
During 2014, heroin was found to be a contributing cause of death for 447 Floridians, and in 2012 there were 818 alcohol-related deaths. Meanwhile, two years after legalization took hold in Colorado, there’s yet to be any reported loss of life due to marijuana abuse.
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