Barney Frank Says It's Time to Legalize Heroin and Cocaine

World Economic Forum FlickrWorld Economic Forum FlickrFormer Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has a new book coming out soon in which he'll make a case for drug legalization, reports The Huffington Post's Sam Stein.

"The question is are there drugs that have a very good likelihood of making me misbehave towards others? I do not believe heroin is in that category," Frank told Stein. "What makes people misbehave is the need to steal money to buy heroin."

The former co-sponsor of a marijuana prohibition repeal bill went on to say that cocaine should also be legal. "First of all, with cocaine, let's just cut through the bullshit," Frank said. "There are a lot of very high-functioning people in this society on cocaine. Cocaine is the rich people's drug. That is just silly."

Frank, who says he's never used heroin, would still want to "restrict the manufacture" of "PCP and other things."  

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  • John||

    It is nice to see Barney trying to make up for his roll in destroying the economy and bankrupting the country. He is still a horrible shit bag who deserves nothing but pain and misery. But at least this is a start. Sort of like when some murderer starts working at the prison ministry.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    You're a bigger fucking idiot than ever.

    As a member of the minority party in the House Barney Frank could not block a goddamn thing you imagined he did.

    AM redneck radio lost that lie a long time ago - only true idiots believe it.

  • WTF||

    BUSHPIG!!111!!!!CHRISTFAG!!11!!!

  • John||

    Yeah Barney didn't spend the entire decade of the 00s pretending Freddie and Fannie were fine, there was no housing bubble and that anyone who said there was or objected to the CRA was just a racist who didn't want black people to own a home

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63siCHvuGFg

    Nope. He didn't do that.

    Jesus Christ Shreek. You can't put it down the memory hole when you are on tape. Face it dumbass; you and your fascist little buddies destroyed the world economy.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    A bill to reform Fannie/Freddie did pass the House in 2005 - idiot. H.R. 1461. Mike Oxley (R) wrote it.

    Bush killed it by himself.

    And F/F were a small part of the $15 trillion housing bubble. They only needed $160 billion to patch their hole.

  • John||

    In 06, you mean after it was already broke and on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars and the housing bubble had already been inflated?

    Yeah dipshit that totally gets Barney off the hook. Poverty, ignorance, bankruptcy and NSA spying, ladies and gentleman, your Democratic Party.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Off the hook for what?

    Running his mouth about Fannie Mae being "safe" back in 2002? Who gives a fuck?

    Since when did running your mouth become legislative action?

    Face it, dumbass. You bought the Fat Rush lies and don't know what you are talking about. Throw Chris Dodd in too. He had a Countrywide mortgage!

  • John||

    Running his mouth about Fannie Mae being "safe" back in 2002? Who gives a fuck?

    You mean using his influence in Congress to keep anyone from reigning Fannie Mai in until it was too late and ensure his b/f got rich? You mean being on of the prime movers in Congress behind pumping up the Housing bubble?

    Yeah, he is as much as anyone, along with Chris Dodd responsible for the 08 collapse. And you and his other various retard defenders helped him do it.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    What influence? What bill did he squash?

    You think Tom 'the Hammer' DeLay was influenced by Barney Frank? Or the Unitary Executive?

    You're an idiot.

  • John||

    Yeah Dodd Frank had no influence. Countrywide just gave them all that money out of kindness. In a just world Frank would be rotting in prison. But thanks to a conspiracy of the retarded lying sock puppets like you, he lives happily ever after.

  • Cytotoxic||

    THE BLUE IS THREATED MUST SUCK BLUE COCK

    /Shriek

  • Tony||

    John's lies really deserve to be called out, no matter which team it may benefit.

  • timbo||

    Buttplug,
    Are you frank's buttplug? You are the only moron in month's to actually defend that pos. I'll bet the reason he wants to legalize drugs is so he can get high and oil up all of his male prostitutes in one of his brothels. Frank is one of the largest scumbags in our nation's history, right up there with the Kennedys, bushs, obamas, Clintons. You are just another blind fool who thinks only one side is responsible for the degradation of this country. They are all big government morons and I'll bet the farm that you think government should fix the mess we are in. You probably think rich people are bad too.

  • Loki||

    You probably think rich people are bad too.

    Not all rich people. For instance he's probably being double penetrated by Warren Buffet and George Soros as we speak. It's kind of impressive that he can still concentrate enough to type and remember his talking points while doing that.

  • Cytotoxic||

    But F/F ended up purchasing 60% of the shitty MBSs that enabled the housing bubble. They made the demand which made the market. Ergo, John is right and you're fucking retarded as usual.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Even if that were true it has nothing to do with Barney Frank.

    Your boy Bush killed the bill that would have cut Fannie Mae's capital off in 2005.

  • John||

    Even if that were true it has nothing to do with Barney Frank.

    It has everything to do with Frank. He is one of the main reasons why no one ever did anything about FF dipshit.

  • sam the man||

    "Your boy Bush"
    You have to have a certain amount of willful ignorance to use that phrase on this website.

  • timbo||

    well said. The boy most people on this site should have is the invisible hand.

  • KPres||

    "A bill to reform Fannie/Freddie did pass the House in 2005 - idiot. H.R. 1461. Mike Oxley (R) wrote it."

    I'm not sure what Shrikey's talking about. The bill he mentions was the biggest piece of crony crap to ever hit the shelves. While Ron Paul was publicly lambasting it, the GSE's themselves were pining for it, and right after HUD caught them fudging their financials. So of course what do they do but push a bill that takes them out from under HUD authority, lowers income requirements, and allows them to expand outside of housing into other financial instruments. And it didn't do anything about their capital requirements, I don't know where you're getting that from.

    Also, kind of odd how you don't mention that Barney Frank himself voted against it. But here you are praising him for the EXACT THING you're lambasting BOOOOOSSSHHH! about. Keep it up and somebody might get the impression you're a shameless partisan or something.

  • wareagle||

    and as a member of the majority party, which the Dems were from '06 - '10? Oh, that's right - Frank/Dodd, that monument to individual rights.

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    To Barney's Cockring AKA PBP: If he were a member of the majority party he wouldn't have blocked a goddamn thing either...he was safe in his nay votes, fuckbrain.

    I will say that he did vote against a lot of that homeland security bullshit and war crap (but who knows what he would be saying today?)

  • tarran||

    Oh come on John, if he had allowed Fannie Mae and Sallie Mae to be reined in, his lover wouldn't have gotten those fat bonuses and may even have lost his job!

    What wouldn't you do for the love of your life? Wouldn't you burn the world to save your wife?

  • John||

    And his last b/f was a pimp. He couldn't go back to him. Dating a corrupt thief was the only loving poor Barney was going to get.

  • Zeb||

    It's just a shame that he wasn't on the drugs and gambling committee instead of the finance committee.

    I kind of like Barney. He's amusing and fairly insightful about politics. It's a shame he had to try to be important rather than doing some things on principle.

  • John||

    It's just a shame that he wasn't on the drugs and gambling committee instead of the finance committee.

    Barney is at heart a greedy crook. Had he been on those committees, the police unions and the gaming industry would have bought him off and he would have been just as awful as he was on the finance committee.

  • Zeb||

    Yeah, probably. You don't stay in the house (especially when you're from MAss.) for that long if you stick to principles.

  • sam the man||

    "cough cough" Kennedy "cough cough"

  • RBS||

    First of all, with cocaine, let's just cut through the bullshit

    Indeed.

  • derpules||

    Yup, that's the first step alright.

  • robc||

    How many cocaine and heroin legalization bills did he introduce in the House?

    Just wondering how much of a power-hungry shitweasel he was?

    Oh yeah, 100%, that much.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Oh look, another washed-up politician advocating legalization long after he is out of a position to do anything about it.

  • John||

    Funny that. They are always for all the right things the moment after there is no danger of ever having to do such things.

  • Zeb||

    The eternal catch-22 of politics. You have to get elected to do anything good, and if you want to get re-elected, you can't do anything good.

  • Calidissident||

    He did at least support marijuana legalization while in office.

    Though he's still a crooked POS

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Only Nixon could go to China. Frank would do better convincing a moderate to take up the cause rather than putting his stink on it.

  • Hugh Akston||

    You seem to be under the mistaken assumption that Frank's concern is whatever issue he's talking about.

  • RBS||

    Hmmmm, I have a book to sell... I know, tell the HuffPo hard drugs should be legalized!

  • Jose Chung||

    Is anyone else sick of politicians who wait until after their 32 year long stint in Congress is over to come out in favor of common sense?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    He co-sponsored a MJ prohibition repeal bill while in the House, dumbass.

    RTFA.

  • robc||

    MJ is not cocaine or heroin.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    We have to start somewhere. Good for him and Ron Paul.

    And I hate pot.

  • sam the man||

    Now I know why you're annoying. You can't handle weed.

  • timbo||

    You should like pot. Perhaps you wouldn't be such a tool. Or at least you might go mute.

  • Jose Chung||

    Yes, he did, in 2011, the year before he decided he no longer stood a chance of reelection and threw in the towel on his political career. Still quite a bit too little, too late, if you ask me.

  • John||

    Don't bother the retard with the facts.

  • tarran||

    Is anyone else sick of politicians who wait until after their 32 year long stint in Congress is over to come out in favor of common sense?

    The sane answer is to say yes to much more than a limited set.

  • widget||

    "The question is are there drugs that have a very good likelihood of making me misbehave towards others?... "What makes people misbehave is the need to steal money to buy heroin."

    OK, I'm listening, but that sort of circular reasoning doesn't make the case. Barney is good at that. Giving people government-backed mortgages make them better citizens than they would be as renters.

  • Sevo||

    "OK, I'm listening, but that sort of circular reasoning doesn't make the case."
    Not circular reasoning; denying one hypothesis, proposing another.

  • Brandon||

    You don't seem to know what "circular reasoning" is. Try this: Drugs are illegal because drugs are bad. Drugs are bad because they are illegal.

  • anon||

    OK, I'm listening, but that sort of circular reasoning doesn't make the case.

    Brushing aside your misunderstanding of circular logic, I'll make the case simple for you:

    It's my body. Whatever drugs I choose to put in it you should have absolutely zero say in, because it's my body, and not your body. When/if I decide to steal from you or another person, then you can reprimand/detain me; until that point, leave me the fuck alone.

  • Seriously?||

    Good job Frank. I appreciate your efforts.

  • Gordilocks||

    If politicians don't start making sense, or advocating for the right positions, until after leaving politics, maybe that's a cue to get rid of the government and let us make sense of the world for ourselves?

  • MJGreen||

    In a similar vein, if the way to judge an action is by whether it causes you to "misbehave towards others," all politics should be illegal, no?

  • Doctor Whom||

    No, because laws are meant to constrain the little people, not those whom God put on earth to rule us.

  • ||

    that alt-text sucks. Any better ideas? I'll start:

    "A line this long is my limit"

  • Gordilocks||

    You know who else had long lines?

  • fried wylie||

    Waiting in the coke/heroin lines in soviet russia must've been such a drag.

  • BakedPenguin||

    They don't have the Chapelle show is Oz, do they?

  • Gordilocks||

    Is Oz? You mean in Oz?

  • BakedPenguin||

    That would make more sense.

  • ||

    Chappelle Show In Oz could be a confronting one-hour comedy special - Schillinger heckling all the way through, and Chappelle finding more and more outrageous ways to slap him down until Emerald City explodes into full-scale riots

  • Gordilocks||

    What does Oz have to do with it? Do you think I'm form there or something?

    That said, the longest lines in Oz seem to be line of sight ... the outback is a great place to look across vast nothing.

  • ||

    I believe Baked Penguin's comment was directed at me as I am Australian

  • Gordilocks||

    Gotcha. Wherabouts? I might be coming down again in northern fall. I'm in Canada (near Toronto).

  • ||

    Aah, another subject of HM The Queen.

    I'm in Sydney. September & October are usually lovely as they have neither the heat nor humidity of late spring through into autumn

  • Gordilocks||

    I've been down under on numerous occasions. Spent alot of time in the outback, mostly SA/NT/WA.

    Waiting on word about a sponsored visa to come and work for an outfit in Perth, mainly doing mining and oil exploration in WA and NT. My wife might come with me, but she will likely end up in Melbourne, city slicker that she is.

  • BakedPenguin||

    I believe Baked Penguin's comment was directed at me as I am Australian

    Yes, and your criticism of the alt-text suggested an ignorance of one of the funniest skits ever.

    I'm in Canada

    A Canadian named Gordon? Now I've heard everything. Also, I have an urge to watch Kids in the Hall.

  • Gordilocks||

    A US Customs guy in Buffalo once asked me why there were so many Canadians named Gordon. He was more fixated on that than my truck or the paperwork for whatever the hell I was moving at the time, and was the exception to the rule that people with badges are ....

  • Gordilocks||

    Refresh button! Gahhhhh

  • Doctor Whom||

    From the HuffPo article:

    Part of Frank's case rests on the idea that if Congress could pay for more, important social services it provides would be regarded more favorably by the public.

    So where does Washington find the cash? Frank offered two suggestions: "a very substantial reduction in military" and "the end of treating drugs as criminal."

    Holy Semiramis, even when Frank is right, he's wrong.

  • Marginal||

    Government does so well at what it's doing now (the bare minimum), that, clearly, now is the time to expand its responsibilities.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    How many cocaine and heroin legalization bills did he introduce in the House?

    Sitting legislators are too busy doing important stuff. For example, Senator Tester is much too busy trying to get the First Amendment repealed to take any sort of principled stand against the drug war, or asset forfeiture, or the militarization of domestic police forces.

    Somebody might be raising money to campaign against him, and that cannot be permitted.

  • Gordilocks||

    One wonders how much drug money has been laundered through campaign donations.

  • Zeb||

    I would imagine a whole lot. Though probably mostly at the local level.

  • fried wylie||

    Doesn't seem like that would help buyoff customs or dea annoyances. Or do the payoffs trickle-up?

  • Gordilocks||

    +1 artificial price inflation scheme

  • SIV||

    Frank, who says he's never used heroin, would still want to "restrict the manufacture" of "PCP and other things."

    Gotta regulate somethin'. Somehow I think the PCP and Other Things Enforcement Administration wouldn't be placated.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    So maybe he is just advocating on behalf of the drugs he likes/uses and/or had/has friends who used?

  • Loki||

    It's probably to much to hope that Bawney pulls a George McGovern and tries to start a business, runs into a bunch of red tape, and finally comes to realize that the regulatory burden is far too high and is ruining the economy. If that were to happen he might finally become a slightly less repugnant excuse for a human being.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    So maybe he is just advocating on behalf of the drugs he likes/uses and/or had/has friends who used?

    No way!

  • fried wylie||

    Indeed. Like him or his friends have anything to worry about prosecution-wise.

  • timbo||

    buttplug could hardly have a more apt name. I think he is the receiver for Rachel maddow's wang. That psychosis must be contagious in the process.

  • AuH20||

    Clearly, he just wants to do blow off a Chippendale's dancers ass.

  • anon||

    You haven't lived until you've had a woman do a line off your own cock.

  • timbo||

    Which you have never done.

  • anon||

    No, never done one off my own cock; imagine that would be pretty hard.

  • fried wylie||

    Sounds like a waste of drugs.

  • Jon Lester||

    I can certainly tell you that people who are getting methadone "treatment" really aren't being treated at all, so why not be nursed off an addiction with heroin itself?

  • anon||

    I can certainly tell you that people who are getting methadone "treatment" really aren't being treated at all, so why not be nursed off an addiction with heroin itself?

    Pretty sure that's about all methadone treatment is. At least the people I know that have been addicted to opioids just use it to hold them over until their next fix.

  • anon||

    But if coke and heroin were legal, how would the cops justify their dog shooting escapades?

  • anon||

    "There are a lot of very high-functioning people in this society on cocaine. Cocaine is the rich people's drug. That is just silly."

    Frank, who says he's never used heroin,

    Translation: Frank is a coke-head.

    Also, evidence that when you elect coke-heads, they'll vote themselves more money to buy more coke.

  • Zeb||

    Of course he's a coke head. All congressmen are coke heads.

  • fried wylie||

    Power addicts. And THAT shit is WAY more expensive than a coke addiction.

  • timbo||

    Frank says "its time to hump dudes."

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