Republican Congressman Makes Unbelievably Absurd Statements About Marijuana Legalization

john-flemingEvery once in a while I come across a story where I’m not even sure how to describe the stupidity that I just came across. This recently happened after Sarah Palin’s Iowa Freedom Summit debacle where she gave a speech so incoherent that it was almost impossible to transcribe.


But that was just Palin being Palin as opposed to a supposedly coherent individual simply making absurd and idiotic statements. That’s exactly what happened when Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) decided he would voice his opinions concerning legalized marijuana.

“Marijuana is a gateway drug, we have proven that scientifically,” Fleming said. “To think that today’s meth user was not yesterday’s marijuana user is actually just a flight of fantasy.”

Yes, that’s Fleming essentially saying that marijuana is just one small step away from meth, and legalizing it will essentially turn the United States into the series Breaking Bad.

He then went on to say, “Pretty soon you’ll see someone stopped on the street corner who is smoking and the policeman says, ‘I’m going to have to fine you or arrest you for smoking a cigarette,’ and they go, ‘no that’s marijuana,’ ‘oh that’s ok, it’s just marijuana.’ That’s really the direction we’re heading in.”

There’s so much stupid in that statement it’s hard to even know where to begin. The fact is, if marijuana is eventually legalized nationally, smoking it will most likely end up being subjected to the strict consumption regulations of both tobacco and alcohol in most places.

But after that ludicrous statement he really went off the rails.

“They say, ‘you should be free to do whatever you want,’ well that’s fine but when society has to pick up the pieces and take care of you and your health and your family and support you through a very, very thick safety net system because you are now addicted or you have poor health and you can’t support yourself, then all you’re going to do is see a system, a society, if you will, that becomes more and more disabled and more and more supported by the government,” Fleming said. “How can you make a libertarian argument for that? But that is the future if we allow people to go irresponsibly into the future legalizing such dangerous substances, which inevitably are going to make their way into the homes and, when they do, children are going to be using them as well.”


There’s not a whole lot I can say to further emphasize how absurd that statement; Fleming did a fine job of emphasizing it himself. Then again, this is the same idiot who just a few years back fell for an Onion story about abortion, so we really shouldn’t be too surprised that he’s spewing nonsense like this.

This idea that just because marijuana is illegal in most places means that people can’t get their hands on it is absolutely comical. I’ve never once used marijuana, but I’m pretty certain I could go obtain some within 10-15 minutes if I really wanted to. And while I still believe that there’s plenty to discuss as it relates to marijuana legalization, morons like John Fleming have no business being part of that discussion. This debate requires adults who deal with facts as opposed to fools spouting off whatever drivel comes to mind.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Scott Newman

    I am pretty sure most heavy drug users, also drink alcohol and smoke tobacco too.

    • Eg Kbbs

      And breathe. Oxygen is the sterling example of a gateway drug.

      The greatest shame is that we could very well be in a time of transition in the way we legally treat marijuana possession. We need to approach this using the best possible evidence. Yet, both pro and con sides have way to much shooting off at the mouth and citing studies which weren’t well designed (as in they designed the study to arrive at a predetermined answer. Followed by confusing the idea of investigation with shouting down someone who dares say something that deviates from their preconception by the tiniest amount (I know, I can expect a run of people flaming me on saying what I said on this – kind of proves my point).

  • Cemetery Girl

    I have never even tried marijuana, but I support the legalization of it. (Especially for use medically.) The thought that marijuana leads to addictions to meth or heroin (other drugs) is being abandoned. The connection just is not there like it was always claimed. But to me the biggest reason to support legalizing marijuana is because it has been more damaging to have it illegal. It is very similar to the prohibition of alcohol, which was removed because it was such a failure. Sale of illegal marijuana has a tendency to be connected to other illegal enterprises. Just like how organized crime was able to use prohibition to make money, it does this with marijuana also. Also like prohibition, the money is being put towards it but that isn’t winning the war. Most of the drug enforcement budget goes towards fighting marijuana, yet at no point have they had a real impact on use. We could be using those funds towards fighting meth or heroin. Legalized marijuana can also be monitored. Efforts can be made to keep it out of underaged hands and to prevent it from being laced with other drugs.

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  • Jim Valley

    So stupid. SO stupid.

  • bob

    I used to be amazed at the word salads that republicans spew,now I’m just sad

  • crabjack

    “To think that today’s meth user was not yesterday’s milk drinker is actually just a flight of fantasy.”

  • crabjack

    Can anyone check how much money he gets from big pharma?

  • Avatar

    I hope there will be a picture that catch Fleming toke the elaborate kind of bong.

  • JC McKnight

    How did this guy get to be a congressman? Seriously man, making shit up? WTF? That shit don’t work no more buddy. LMAO! What a fucking joke…

  • Mark Stone

    “…we have proven that scientifically.” Let me guess he is no scientist when it comes to climate change? As for a gateway drug, seriously I know a lot of people who toked when I was in high school & college and I don’t know of one who decided to use meth…is he a moron? I doubt he is bright enough to qualify for that level of stupidity

  • Coprolite

    mr. Fleming needs and attitude adjustment, and I recommend a bong hit.

  • Mike Rapert

    The article writer’s last sentence could apply to just about EVERYthing you see on discussion boards.