I can understand if someone is apprehensive about supporting the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. It’s a fairly large step toward an uncertain future. Washington and Colorado have paved the way, and their experiences over the next several months should tell us plenty about the future of recreational marijuana in this country.
But I just can’t understand why people oppose legalizing the substance for medicinal purposes. If it can help someone medically, why the heck wouldn’t you support it?
Well, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (a Democrat) is one of those people who doesn’t support the legalization of marijuana even for medical purposes. Despite the fact that 76% of Minnesota residents support the legalization of medical marijuana, Governor Dayton has insisted he opposes it unless the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association gets on board (which will most likely never happen).
But that didn’t stop Governor Dayton from telling Jessica Hauser, a mother who has a 2-year-old child suffering from intractable epilepsy, to go buy marijuana illegally (or in a state that has legal medical marijuana) to help her extremely sick child.
And while a spokesperson for the governor said he never told Ms. Hauser to break the law, Heather Azzi, another pro-medical marijuana advocate, confirmed her claims. Apparently Governor Dayton said the same thing to other parents of sick children as well.
It just goes to show you the blatant hypocrisy and ignorance of those like Governor Dayton. I absolutely believe he made these comments. And by making them he essentially admitted that marijuana could help her very ill child, which is why he encouraged her to go purchase it illegally – yet he still opposes legalizing medical marijuana. Something that 76% of the people in his state support.
That makes absolutely no sense.
He would rather this woman put her life on the line by breaking the law – and dealing with drug dealers – so she could help her child suffer less, instead of doing what the vast majority of the people within his own state support and pushing for medical marijuana to become legal in the state.
On top of that, why would you tell a mother of a sick child to get the marijuana her child needs on the street to start with? Last time I checked, street dealers aren’t usually carrying the special forms of marijuana people in these situations would need. These kids usually need pot with high CBD counts – not THC – and they usually get it from infusing the product in oils, teas, foods, or taking it as some other form of extract. Children using medical marijuana usually aren’t hitting street pot from a pipe.
Someone might need to tell this pathetic hypocrite that being governor means he’s a public servant. Which means when 76% of the people you supposedly serve support something, you should probably take your head out of your ass and do something about it. That way mothers like Jessica Hauser get the treatment that could possibly help her 2-year-old child enjoy a better quality of life.