Hypocritical Minnesota Governor Tells Mother to Buy Pot on Street to Help Child’s Epilepsy

mark-daytonI 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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Alice Olson

    Well, this is a little extreme. Millions of Americans buy pot illegally every day and they are NOT putting their lives on the line. What kind of alarmist nonsense is that? I disagree with Governor Dayton, of course, if the base of this story is true, but really, “life on the line”? Not a bit of it.

    • Alice Olson

      And, the “special form of marijuana” mentioned in this piece as if it’s out there to be had is shown in the linked article to still be in experimental/clinical trial phases with no actual proof of effectiveness for epilepsy. Not likely available even in medical marijuana dispensaries

      • Glenna Jones-Kachtik

        Alice, I saw a piece about a young girl who was suffering seizure after seizure. I think she was 3 years old. They did use medical marijuana & it allowed this young girl to live a fairly normal life. I live with someone who has epilepsy. His seizures are able to be controlled with conventional meds thank God; but he remembers a friend lost to a seizure at the age of 18 – whose seizures weren’t able to be controlled. I would imagine for those kinds of people, any help would be a godsend.

      • Alice Olson

        I’m not insensitive to the problems of epileptics. A lifelong friend has suffered seizures for decades, undergone three brain surgeries in hopes of alleviating the recurrence, switched medications time and again when one that was effective lost its power. I’m simply remarking on the over-the-top exaggeration in this piece. I don’t think we do ourselves any favors when we so overstate our case. And, I’m pretty sure that the current “medical marijuana” is no different from what’s on the street except that it’s legal and thus a variety of levels of strength and characterisitcs can be offered to buyers. The particular specially bred marijuana discussed in the linked article is clearly “not ready for prime time,” and yet the writer writes as if it is available via medical marijuana dispensaries. Nothing in the article suggests that this is true.

        Because I count myself a progressive and have worked actively since I was young (I’ve got 68 years now) for progressive causes, I simply have become intolerant of those who call themselve progressive behaving like Fox News, distorting reality to make some political point. We don’t need that. If the Minnesota State Legislature presented Governor Dayton with a legalization bill I have no doubt, none, that he would sign it. Mark Dayton is NOT the enemy of progressives. I say, choose a better target. There are gazillions of them out there.

      • coleman leitch

        Actually, Alice, there are specialized forms of marijuana, which contain very high CBD. These strains are low in THC, which means that one gets the medical effect, while not getting high. Pharmaceutical companies want to use these strains to make medications, but Federal law does not allow them to do the research.

      • Deanne

        Also, isn’t street stuff sometimes laced or cut with dangerous additives?

      • Bine646

        How can you “lace” or “cut” marijuana? It grows like that- if its extracted its added to sirlene for vaporization but this isnt like crack or herion

      • Alice Olson

        Thanks for this info. The linked story seems to indicate that such strains are being developed and tested in trials, but it doesn’t indicate they are currently available and I didn’t know that they are.

      • Bine646

        They are available, CBD dominant strains are in dispensaries throughout Colorado. They have already extracted these cannabinoids into an oil so they can be administered thru drops, instead of smoking it.

        Israel is leading the world with medical marijuana research and have been producing viable meds for years. Once the US government gets the classification right we will take over the lead. Dr Gupta along with others have done very informative documentaries showing the effects of CBD dominant strains on seizures and other diseases.

        The only thing this article is missing is the actual quote from the governor

      • mojones1

        Alice, you are wrong. My 2 year old nephew is being treated with “the special form of marijuana” for his severe seizure disorder. He was near death in Children’s Hospital and his Dr.s had been unable to find any medication that helped. In addition the meds they tried caused him to get extreme high blood pressure, heart problems and kidney stones. His team of docs are closely following the results of the marijuana oil which fortunately in Washington State is legal. His health has significantly improved and for the first time I’m months he is having significantly fewer seizures,and significantly less pain. He is a subject in their trials of marijuana oil and they are thrilled with the results. His parents do not have to pay for his oil, it is grown and extracted for him and is given through his feeding tube in the dosage prescribed by his physicians.

      • Alice Olson

        Thanks, mojones1 for your story. I hope that your nephew continues to progress to excellent health and that his family has all the support they need as they see him through his journey.

  • Glenna Jones-Kachtik

    I have heard that marijuana can ease epileptic seizures in those persons for whom no medicine works. I can’t for the life of me understand the thinking that says no medical marijuana use is allowed.

  • Mrs_oatmeal

    Since Mom may not be “street smart” in dealing with pot dealers, she may end up thrown in jail for quite a while. Particularly if she is black. And this dopey guy tells her to buy it on the street? Another politician not doing their job. I remember my Dad suffering with cancer and asking if anyone could tell him where to buy some pot. His MD told him that was about all that would help him with his pain at the end. That was 13 years ago. Let’s get with it.

  • Michael Siever

    Hello! Earth calling Mark Dayton! Of course the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association is not going to support legalization of marijuana when it would take away people for them to arrest and kickbacks they would receive (and have been receiving) from the for-profit prison system. That’s like if President Obama said he would only support ending the wars as soon as the Congressional and Senate GOP, who have long supported the War on Terror, and have been getting kickbacks from defense contractors, gets on board with him. It’s not going to happen.

  • Sunny Ray

    Another smart guy with power…. we are so spoiled!

  • Matthew Reece

    “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.”

    Politicians do not serve people; they are violent criminals who oppress people. Government can only reflect the opposite of the will of the people because government is a group of people who exercise a monopoly on the initiation of force within a certain geographical area, and force is only necessary to make people do that which is against their will to do.

  • edithrua

    The fact that you are so understanding of those who have an “apprehension” about legalizing marijuana is an indication of how arrogant and distorted the views of those who think they have a right over the self determination and agency over another’s body have become since the 1930’s media onslaughts brought on by racist attitudes and the fears of entrepreneurs over the possibilities of industrial hemp production. Do you actually think it is “fair and balanced” to justify ignorance and prejudice?

  • Dan Kofalt

    In what universe does it make sense that legislators should be ignoring and censoring the risk/benefit analysis of trained physicians who are in some cases making life-or-death decisions for their patients? Many beautiful children have suffered needless terrible pain, agony and horrible deaths because of these incompetent legislators. I don’t fault those that make wrong decisions when faced with incomplete information. I do fault those that refuse to ask themselves the questions, “What are the consequences if I am wrong?, Are the consequences CATASTROPHIC? and How do I mitigate those possible negative consequences?” For 80 years we have been needlessly burying children – if that doesn’t qualify as a catastrophe, I don’t know what does.