Latest Fact-checks on Patrick Kennedy Patrick Kennedy stated on April 17, 2018 in an editorial: Marijuana and THC "have caused emergency room visits to skyrocket." Patrick Kennedy stated on January 21, 2014 in an interview with MSNBC: Marijuana today is "genetically modified," with THC levels that "far surpass the marijuana" of the 1970s. Patrick Kennedy stated on January 8, 2013 in news story: "Eighty percent of those who have applied for licenses have no cancer, no Parkinson's disease or glaucoma. They have nothing you would associate [with] the use of medical marijuana." Patrick Kennedy stated on July 13, 2012 in a radio interview: "The largest number of bankruptcies in our country are really as a result of health care." Patrick Kennedy stated on October 27, 2009 in a speech on the House floor. : "One-third of the health care dollar goes to no such thing as health care; it goes to the insurance companies."