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Hurricane Mary Jane

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Mike Milburn (R-Cascade), the speaker of Montana's House of Representatives, wants to repeal the 2004 voter-approved initiative that legalized the medical use of marijuana in his state, arguing that it makes pot too easy for malingerers to obtain. Casting about for a metaphor to express just how catastrophic the law's impact has been, he settled on one that perfectly captures the post-apocalyptic horror of a world where people can get high by pretending to be sick:

He compared the recent explosion of the medical marijuana industry to the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

"We're not talking about the dikes holding back the water anymore," Milburn said. "We're talking about how do you rebuild the city?"

More on Montanans and marijuana here. Brian Doherty surveyed L.A.'s medical marijuana scene in the May 2010 issue of Reason and found that the city somehow had survived open, over-the-counter sales of cannabis. 

[Thanks to Spartacus for the tip.]

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  1. “He compared the recent explosion of the medical marijuana industry to the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.”

    So Hurricane Katrina was finally destroyed. Thank god for that.

  2. “We’re talking about how do you rebuild the city?”

    Oh, Brad Pitt’s the only one still talking about how to rebuild New Orleans.

  3. I hope that Milburn, and those who agree with him, contract a hideous disease that can only be cured by marijuana. I bet only half of them would take it, the others would suffer quietly.

    1. They did not do so quietly. They yelled and cursed at me loudly, asking why do I hate them.

      You should try to see it from my point of view. It is quite easy to hate you, actually.

    2. Unfortunately, no one has a disease which can be “cured” by marijuana which is why I’ve always been suspect of the Medicalization movement, because in my opinion, it will only lead to shenanigans we’re seeing detailed here.

  4. I was enjoying some single malt not long ago and somebody I was with said it was like watching the “2012” movie. Mr. Milburn must have been on business.

  5. In my youth (many moons ago) I had this emblazoned on a T-shirt.

    I’m sure Mike Milburn wouldn’t have gotten it.

    1. Ever seen the movie? I think every drug warrior should be ‘required’ to watch it.

      1. Yep. At an art theater. The entire audience was stoned and laughed their asses off.

        1. I thought it was funny too, but it just pissed my wife off.

    2. “other side of the generation gap”. I had to lawl on that one.

  6. Movin’ to Montana soon (yippee-ki-yo-ki-yay)

  7. Can we bring back public floggings for politicians that attempt to ban substances by using ridiculous hyperbole?

    1. Only if we can deny them pain meds afterward.

    2. Hyperbole is the absolute worst thing ever.

  8. Fuck the people.

  9. Just how catastrophic is it to have people smoking canabis? I mean, compared to opiates, I think the impact on society would be preferable. Of course, I’m biased since I’m investing heavily in Funyuns and Cool Ranch Doritos. Just putting that out there.

    1. Funyuns and Cool Ranch Doritos

      Dammit!

      1. According to the research from my crack* research team of interns at Corp Drone HQ, those items are pretty popular with the cannabis user.

        *not that kind of crack

        1. Where we come from, “crack research team” means the bunch tend to pull data out of their butts.

          1. That’s ex recto to you buddy.

          2. Or a plumber looking for the source of a leak.

    2. I once showed up at a party with leftovers from the New Year’s Eve party, held earlier that evening. The MJ users took one look at the snacks and practically knocked me over to get at the breadbowl with dill dip.

      Who says MJ doesn’t make you violent?

    3. While watching the Super Bowl and seeing all the Doritos commercials, I thought they would be better off spending that money on lobbying for legalization.

  10. It passed 62-38 in 2004. I hear Montana is a libertarian, militia, don’t-tread-on-me (drink!) hotbed of activity. So WTF is Mike Milburn thinking clamping down on personal behavior like this?

    1. If that’s true of Montana, I’m gonna have to pack my bags and dive into the next flight there, because that sounds like an awesome place. Also Milburn is your typical mentally retarded politician with USAinc’s rod of corruption and lies up their rectum.

  11. Bet this is his last term in office.

  12. Considering the “explosion” of medical marijuana, I’m unaware of any significant corresponding crime wave.

    I’m flummoxed.

  13. I hear Montana is a libertarian, militia, don’t-tread-on-me (drink!) hotbed of activity.

    Don’t believe everything you hear; a superabundance of Californicators (transplanted Coloradoans are very nearly as bad, btw).

  14. “We’re not talking about the dikes holding back the water anymore,” Milburn said. “We’re talking about how do you rebuild the city?”

    Finally they are free to return to writing their blog posts for Feministing and Jezebel.

    1. Beat me to it – well played

  15. “We’re talking about how do you rebuild the city?”

    You start with a foundation of Rock and Roll.

  16. arguing that it makes pot too easy for malingerers to obtain

    Wow, I say it here, and it comes out there.

  17. Because pot was impossible to find before the law.

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