Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is serious about keeping marijuana illegal. The Senate Minority Leader recently sent a letter to a constituent who had asked about legalizing pot. McConnell’s response, as you may have guessed, was discouraging.

In the letter McConnell explains that THC, “the primary ingredient in marijuana,” is available in pill form. The pill form appears to have an advantage over the plant form in McConnell’s view as he goes on to express how he is “troubled” by legalization efforts that make cannabis available to the public without going through the Food and Drug Administration.

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Had he left it there, he would have simply come across like a disingenuous conservative promoting the wonders of pharmaceuticals – and, by extension, pharmaceutical companies. Mitch, however, did not leave it there.

In his letter McConnell saves his boldest argument against legalization for last while referencing Rep. Barney Frank’s medical marijuana bill:

“Because of the harm that substances like marijuana and other narcotics pose to our society, I have concerns about this legislation. The detrimental effects of drugs have been well documented: short-term memory loss, loss of core motor functions, heightened risk of lung disease, and even death,” McConnell wrote.

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Yes. Death. Despite all of the scientific evidence that states it is literally impossible to overdoes on pot (you’d have to consume 1,500 pounds in 15 minutes to pull it off…theoretically).

A spokesman for McConnell was quick to point out that the “death” portion of the letter was simply a reference to drug use in general and not specifically to marijuana. Which would make total sense if McConnell was arguing against legalizing heroin.