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Sheriff Says Meth And Heroin aren’t the Culprit, It’s Marijuana that Makes People Violent

sheriff furlongCarson City, Nevada -Sheriff Kenneth Furlong of Carson City recently appeared on the local news to speak about the violent crime that marijuana is responsible for creating.

Second to domestic violence, marijuana is at the top of our list of violent acts, here in Carson City,” Furlong said.

“One pulls out a gun, shoots the other right straight through the heart. Marijuana found at the residence,” he added.

It was an open and shut case apparently, marijuana was found at the residence of a murder, therefore marijuana must be responsible for the murder, very solid logic sheriff.

A meth user, we call them tweekers, they just spin in circles. They don’t get anything done. He may threaten you, but he just can’t get out of that circle of the effect of the drugs. Same with the heroin. But the marijuana user is a clear-headed person,” Furlong explained.

The sheriff said that the culture of marijuana causes people to do violent things.

“We have had several that are either directly or indirectly related to marijuana. It’s not the drug that we’re talking about. It’s the culture that surrounds it. It’s a cherished culture, and to violate that can produce some very dramatic effects, such as we’ve seen here,” Furlong said.

Despite listing off some completely irrelevant anecdotes about violent crime, Furlong failed to provide any actual evidence for the claims that he was making.

As many individual states to push to legalize marijuana locally, there are also a number of efforts to end prohibition on a federal level as well. Just recently, 2 different bills were introduced which would federally legalize marijuana.

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  • michael92064

    Hmmmmm….wonder if the best thing to change the culture would be legalize it, you know like what happened during prohibition.

  • ‘Mikee Edwards

    Meanwhile, back in the 1800’s with the retarded republican party…

    • Chris

      Whats that got to do with a douche ass sheriff? It’s the republicans that have pushed for legalizing weed…or did you forget that democrats run the FBI the White House? It’s the democrats putting pot smokers in prison, since they”re the ones making tons of money off the war on drugs. For every drug conviction, no matter how small, the county and city that puts a pot smoker away gets tens of thousands of $$ from the feds in drug war money? And no one loves gov money more than liberals.

      • MyLovelyNose

        Oh, please. THIS dude is Republican, and he’s totally representative of your ilk. If he’s a TRUE Republican, he’s doing the drugs his buddies confiscated from arrestees.

      • nomardw

        Wow. You really are a troll, aren’t you. No the fact is it is the right wing that have places such a stigma on pot. PERIOD. It was a republican that enabled the first privatized prison in this country and they are the ones along with the big drug companies and beer corps that are driving the laws against pot. Do some reading instead of listening to your conspiracy theories on Faux News.

        • Craig Gillan

          He’s a troll really? me thinks you should do your homework and maybe stop believing all these crazy story’s on Facebook

      • DanD

        There is a small libertarian wing of the Republican party that wants to legalize pot. The evangelical Christian wing hates it, and the big business wing favors for profit prisons. And the “law and order” wing has this guy’s mindset.

        Most legalization moves come from liberals.

      • baruchzed

        Chris, stop lying.

      • Michael Lindholm

        You haven’t been paying attention to the news lately, have you?

  • People in Nevada need to vote this idiot out.

  • And then they wonder why people don’t trust the police anymore… pffff morons

  • Jim Greer

    I bet here was toilet paper found at the residence of said crime, therefore it only makes sense that toilet paper is the culprit, R U FN serious !!!!!!!!!!

  • baddog

    Nevada loves their alcohol, gambling, and prostitution but hates marijuana. Maybe it makes people realize sticking coins in a slot machine all day is retarded?

  • UnknownNewark

    “But the marijuana user is a clear-headed person,” Furlong explained.

    Make sense to me. -_-

  • Chris

    This guy needs to be fired. He can’t distiguish violence from laziness…he can’t understand truth & reality. He just wants feds drug war money in his delt so he can buy bigger guns & more faster patrol cars…cuz he’s lying out his ass.

  • Peter Gatliff

    This guy is an idiot. The very first recommendation to my wife before she began taking Chemo treatment’s for Breast Cancer. Find some pot to fight the side effects of the Chemo and pain from the cancer. That was 30 years ago people in Iowa.

  • Sheriffs are publicly elected officials so if this stupid pension earning prohibititionist says some stupid shit, the people can just vote him out. If he’s saying stupid shit like this, he’s either not running again or is not afraid of being held accountable for saying stupid shit.

    #EndTheDrugWar #EmancipateHorticulture


  • Lily Lucy

    It’s not Cannabis causing any problems it’s the prohibition Sheriff

  • Christopher S. Jannette

    I’m stoned now. I can report back my findings.

    Nope not feeling violent, pretty chill actually. I just ate some dill pickle flavored lays potato chips and now I think I will watch some netflix and take a nap before dinner. Gonna make some violent hawaiian chicken salad with pineapples and sesame ginger dressing.

    This individual is likely paid by the private prison system. A total freak, I’d watch out for him. Hes dangerous and as we have seen here, a pathological liar. Maybe he needs this more than I do?

  • MyLovelyNose

    This guy is advertising his brand. “Look what I’m willing to say! Look what I’m willing to do! There’s GOTTA be some money and power in it for me, with the right people.”

  • John Debacco

    So he got fired, right?

  • Harry Houston

    Harry J. Anslinger quotes:
    …the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.
    He (Harry J. Anslinger) started the anti marijuana movement on nothing but racism.
    Harry J. Anslinger quotes:
    Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.

  • Uno Strawman

    Dude must be on crack.

  • aszure42

    This guy is actually in charge? I have known pot smokers my whole life, and never saw one get violent. Make dumb choices, maybe…but violent, no.

  • nomardw

    How is it that so damned many people in authority have no concept about the reality of every day life? How is it that so many of them are disconnected from what goes on around them?

  • Wade Dewell

    this guy is a fucking douchebag idiot goof

  • tarantulus

    So the Sheriff is on meth, apparently . . .

  • The_Random_Sample

    He went full retard. Never go full retard.

  • Tina Lamar

    They should vote him out of office for such an ignorant statement. Here in Atlanta a guy had just shot up heroin and ran up on a curb and killed a child on his bike and severly injured 2 others.

  • Caroline Hall Stanton

    “This ad paid for by the alcohol industry.”

  • M. Fanning

    Walk into an illegal grow in the great outdoors and see how violent things get. I think most of the responders here are THC heads….? It does have side affects, just like anything that is over indulged, especially if you are smoking it. Carbon Monoxide along with other hot gasses is poisonous and is a byproduct of smoking. I speak from experience, 20 plus years. I’m glad I stopped….smoking pot is a dead end street. I like reality much better.

    • Wizard6x9

      wow funny man, sorry but, smoking pot increases lung capacity and decreases the chance of lung cancer. and yes if it is all you do you are correct, but much of this is directly related to the economy and the depression that surrounds this. Myself, work 5 to 6 days a week, have two skilled trades, been working for 40 some of years, didn’t start until over 50, couldn’t walk because of nerve damage, and now i can walk. Their needs to be a serious push for government to continue the research, not to line the pockets of pharmaceutical corporation but to help not only the welfare of the people, but also economy, and the environment (Hemp)

  • Peter Kopca

    Who ever voted for this loser got what they asked for. They ought to charge him for Felonious Bone Hawking for the tales he is telling

  • Andrew Nathan-Nahu

    The threat to there livelyhood is very real , this section of society, recognise & identify with it 100% ,& we can expect an all out demonise cannabis campaign, Statistics from many independent vetted sources , would be unimpeachable defence dismiss hearsay of public servent

  • Hannes Coetzee

    Uugh, just another corrupt paid stooge.

  • baruchzed

    This guy is lying and he knows it. He was probably paid by the private prison industry to tell these lies. What a tool.


    These people are politically connected to the big pharma and the drug cartels-

  • Mipsie

    How does he manage to work with his head stuck up his arse like that?

  • Herb Sojourner

    At least 40% of all violent crime is alcohol-related according to all the research over decades, even thousands of years. 10’s of millions of children have been sexually assaulted in the past 50 years by one smelling of alcohol, not cannabis. And this is the drug of choice of sheriff’s departments everywhere. They vainly use the same drug that causes at lest half of their stress to try and relieve their stress. Thankfully, millions of the victim’s of alcohol’s violence are cannabis consumers. Those cops are waging war on the victims of their own drunkenness.

  • Kalvin

    I blame the scum that vote for for idiots like this.

  • Michael Paolucci

    This guy is a special kind of stupid! The scary part of it is that this moron is in charge of others, and is allowed to legally carry a gun! You can’t fix dumb! 😛

  • Michael Lindholm

    I don’t know what’s sadder: The fact that he’s tried to demonize pot in one of the most asinine ways possible (News flash, Sheriff: Beer drinkers are more violent than potheads), or the fact that this man was actually elected as Carson City’s top Law Enforcement officer.

    And they wonder why distrust of law enforcement is so high.

  • ytzpzvgk

    Marijuana is well-known to make people paranoid and when people feel paranoid they get in fights. Yeah, they’re mellow for a bit and hungry for another set of minutes but then the paranoia kicks in.

  • Pickle

    Replace the word “marijuana” with “fast food”….McDonald’s would be illegal. “case of domestic violence and fast food is found at the scene.” Makes about as much sense.

  • Scott

    Sheriff..” you sir, are a dumbass.

  • Steve

    I get what he is saying. He isn’t saying that people who use marijuana are all violent. What he is alluding to, which if this is everything he said he wasn’t very clear, is that there is violence associated with the selling and distribution of marijuana. Which is very true.

  • Scott L.

    i can testify with authority that pot does not make me ‘clear headed’.

  • Warren Mackay

    What a twat

    • Warren Mackay

      No wonder he’s a twat , named after part of a race course