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Medicinal Marijuana is a Misnomer

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. KAGEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise this morning, before everyone begins their conversations about tax cuts, about jobs, about immigration, to raise a serious health concern. You know, when I was brought up in northeast Wisconsin, my father taught me that if it's good for business, it's going to happen; I would just like it to be legal. And the subject I am going to mention here is the idea, the false idea of medicinal marijuana.

There is nothing safe about smoking. There is nothing safe about smoking an illicit product called marijuana. Marijuana is universally contaminated with a mold spore Aspergillus, Mucor, Penicillium, and other items that will harm human health.

This House, this body has do what's best for people. We need a healthy economy and we need healthy people at work. So don't make the mistake of thinking at any point in time that there is something safe about smoking medicinal marijuana, which is a misnomer.

So I look forward later today to passing House Resolution 1540 that addresses the illicit production of marijuana on Federal lands.


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