Kennedy kicks off anti-marijuana effort in Colorado

As The Daily Caller reported Jan. 11, 2013: “Kennedy also discussed his family’s struggles with alcoholism and his own addiction to Oxycontin, using the story to illustrate the danger he sees in lessening marijuana’s historical stigma as a very dangerous drug.

“I grew up in a house where the messages to me not to self-medicate weren’t that strong,” he said. “I started self-medicating early, because of my anxiety, because of my depression, because that’s what I saw around me.”

“On this issue, no one would say to smoke opium to get the beneficial impacts of narcotics,” he said. “Is that essentially what we’re saying with marijuana?

“That is essentially what we’re saying.”

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