Pubdate: Tue, 06 May 2014
Source: Saint Cloud Times (MN)
Copyright: 2014 St. Cloud Times
Author: Jacob Smith


The proposed "compromise" medical marijuana bill is far from a 
compromise. This deal is just further proof that Gov. Mark Dayton and 
the police union leaders to which he is beholden have hijacked the 
democratic process.

If Minnesotans had the opportunity to vote for medical marijuana, it 
would pass handily. The politicians are manipulating a system that 
does not allow for an initiative process. The popular support for 
medical marijuana in Minnesota far outweighs the popular support for 
Dayton, or any House member for that matter.

This is truly a "compromise" that benefits only professional 
politicians and not patients at any reasonable scale. It allows for 
representatives and Dayton to say they reached a compromise in a 
campaign slogan. In fact, no patients who are suffering and being 
prescribed dangerous and addictive drugs instead will benefit.

Marijuana is safer than alcohol and more beneficial than a myriad of 
harmful prescription drugs now readily available. A marijuana 
prescription and the proper administration thereof must be a decision 
made by each individual doctor with each individual patient.

Jacob Smith, St. Cloud
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