Medical Marijuana

Minnesota Governor to Parents of Sick Children: Go Buy Some Marijuana on the Street

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if the people laugh and giggle when you tell them where you live say shhh
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Parents of sick children who could benefit from medical marijuana have taken the lead in pressuring Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) to support legislation legalizing the sale of pot for medicinal uses.

Lawmakers in Minnesota who support legalizing medical marijuana believe they have the votes to move the required legislation, but are worried any bill they pass would be vetoed by the governor. 

While protesting in front of the governor's mansion earlier this month, angry parents and their supporters got an audience with the man himself. CBS Minnesota reports

At an extremely emotional press conference Wednesday, the parents called Dayton's suggestion offensive. Struggling to hold back tears, the parents accused the governor of using them as political cover, so that he might to look good while opposing the medical marijuana bill they sought.

"Please…can you please help us now," cried mother Maria Botker of Clinton, Minn.

These parents had picketed outside the governor's residence two weeks ago, and were unexpectedly invited inside. There, they told the governor their stories. They say they were shocked when the governor suggested they can buy pot illegally on the street, or in another state, to treat their children.

Dayton didn't deny telling at least one parent to find marijuana on the street. He insisted in a statement that he doesn't support breaking the law, but that "as a father," he gets "parents who would do anything possible to help their children." As governor, he should stop threatening desperate parents with jail and other sanctions.

h/t Pope Jimbo

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  1. What the fuck kind of response is this? You either acknowledge that the treatment is valid and should be available or you don’t.

    1. Will he pardon those who takes his advice?

      1. Who take his advice, that is.

        1. Seriously, that was an example of about as craven an answer as a leader could give. Either tell them you agree or tell them to fuck off.

  2. Let them have brioche!

  3. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) is TEAM BLUE. Aren’t they supposed to be the “socially liberal” Party of Pot?

    1. If you read some of the comments to the story linked earlier, it seems that it’s a anti-Team Blue conspiracy because these parents didn’t do this while his predecessor was in office.

      1. Never put it past a Teathuglican to afflict their kid with cancer in order to score political points.

        /derp

      2. Holy fuck, that’s stupid.

  4. It is times like this that make me wish I wasn’t so lazy, so I could take a victory lap

    1. I’ll give you a piggyback ride, so long as you promise not to go full hard-on. But a little is okay.

      1. A little? Hmmm…

        You will have to wait for those pills I bought from the internet to take effect before I can grow to little.

        1. I plan to point your legs out as if they are guns and we are an AT-ST chickenwalker bounding through Endor and shooting down all those Ewok commenters too slow to post stories in the AM links. This is going to be the best victory lap ever. You won’t regret it, Ed!

  5. Jesse Ventura: “Miss me now?”

    1. Say what you want about Jesse, but he was a uniter. When he was government Team Red and Team Blue found common cause to do whatever it took to keep him from succeeding.

      Boy did the party hacks hate him.

  6. Dayton offers more proof that there’s no stupid like trust fund stupid.

  7. Or move to Washington and buy it over the counter.

  8. IMAGuest IncoherentRambling ? 12 hours ago

    Research into using cannabis medically has been stifled by big businesses of multiple industries.

    Big Pharma (and as a result, Big Oil) stands to lose a LOT of money when cannabis is fully legalized and the full spectrum of ailments that cannabis can treat becomes common knowledge.

    Sometimes I think weed really does cause brain damage based on the multitude of dopers who show up to protest “Big Pharma, Big Oil, Big Alcohol, KKKorportions… man, private prison industry, William Randolph Hearst…Man, DuPont, Monsanto…” and everything BUT the permanent bureaucracy, politicians of BOTH parties, the police, the judicial system, lawyers,the court-ordered drug treatment industry,you know,the people who actually are behind maintaining prohibition and the power and profit that goes with it.

  9. Actually, this is the most reasonable thing I’ve ever heard him say. And yes, it’s still stupid.

    (Born and raised in Minnesota)

  10. Nice Atmosphere reference in the Alt-Text.

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