AP Interview: Dayton says he isn't ready to have Minn. join states with eased marijuana laws

  • Article by: BRIAN BAKST , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 7, 2012 - 10:19 PM
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cyberhaze9Dec. 7, 1212:36 PM

Law enforcement groups in other states have actually been some of the more vocal proponents of marijuana legalization. Let police go after the real criminals and reduce the amount of MN citizens considered "criminals" by tens of thousands, those labeled as such simply for choosing a less hazardous recreational substance that alcohol. Lets hope officers in MN recognize marijuana prohibition causes infinitely more problems than it cures and has done nothing to reduce availability. Access to marijuana by minors would actually be more difficult if it were legal, it would be a large stream of new tax revenue (not to mention the dollars saved in enforcement/incarceration costs), and many MN citizens could benefit greatly from the medicinal benefits. Our local economy would also benefit greatly from a new agricultural products and new businesses. MN Democrats would do well to take up this issue and persuade the governor. I guaranty they have the backing of the majority of the state's citizens. Legalize, regulate, and tax in 2013.

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viktorvaughnDec. 7, 1212:47 PM

Please call the Governor at 651-201-3400 to let him know you're dissapointed in his position on this issue.

Encourage him to listen to the medical community, (rather than prison guard unions), regarding the medical merits of marijuana.

Ask him why we are still destroying kid's lives for using the same mostly harmless plant the last three Presidents admitted to using.

Ask him why we are still giving the revenue to violent cartels, long after it's been clear that the war on marijuana has caused far more harm than the plant itself ever could.

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muskybuttDec. 7, 12 1:55 PM

"I don't think we need another drug operating in our society." ???? If you are rich enough to have your doctor prescribe legal drugs (like Dayton) then you may not be able to grasp the reality that marijuana "has been operating in our society" for over 100-years.

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muskybuttDec. 7, 12 1:57 PM

So keeping the black market fat with cash and taxpayers strapped with huge costs is his idea of a good solution?

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muskybuttDec. 7, 12 1:59 PM

Dayton is against taxing the black market workers but has no problem raising taxes on working Americans.

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west336Dec. 7, 12 2:23 PM

Just so people don't get confused, marijuana users CAN and DO become physically addicted to the drug, but that does not mean I think it should be outlawed....anymore than I think cigarettes or alcohol should be. The reason is because marijuana's legalization would not have an adverse impact on the community like opiates, cocaine or amphetamines would. Same with cigs and alcohol. When the control of a drug causes MORE crime, arrests, and spending, that drug should be considered for legalization.

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CayshedDec. 7, 12 2:39 PM

Folks, you know you're talking to a misinformed (and increasingly, in the minority) individual when you hear the tired and cliche "We don't need another drug around" response. We live in Minnesota. Home of Medtronic. Their number one goal is to alleviate pain (look it up, it's on their website). Don't anyone EVER ask why MJ, medical or otherwise, remains illegal in MN. Yeah, we don't need another drug around, do we Mr. Dayton. The tri-fecta of death and destruction we promote now (alcohol, tobacco, big pharma) are killing enough people on their own, they don't need any help from MJ, do they. The tide is changing folks, like it or not. It's inevitably going to be legal. Deal.

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arrow004Dec. 7, 12 3:45 PM

Notice how much people are talking about this now and well it's beginning. Just going to be front page stuff for a very long time to come. Could cost him a re-election?

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hardrainDec. 7, 12 5:40 PM

Not if the Strib continues to bury and editorialize by editing, arrow004. Isn't it funny how quick this story fell of the front page.

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RandyQuastDec. 7, 1211:55 PM

2011 Minnesota BCA Crime Book reports 17,729 narcotic-related arrests of which 12,043 (68%) were marijuana-related and the majority of marijuana arrests are for possession. Minnesota also arrests blacks at a rate 3.3x greater than whites. Gee, I wonder why law enforcement would be against legalization. The costs and devastation caused by marijuana prohibition is far greater than marijuana itself!

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