MNGOP spent $10,500 on study that supports legalizing medical marijuana

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The MNGOP spent $10,500 on a study supporting legalizing medical marijuana in Minnesota.
The MNGOP spent $10,500 on a study supporting efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota.

That's according to Tim Goar, the owner of TG Med Inc., the medical supply company in Mound, Minnesota, that was paid to do the research.

The September 2010 payment for the study was mentioned in an in-depth report by MPR on how the state Republicans found themselves $2 million in debt. City Pages contacted Goar for further explanation of the study's methodology and goals, and received a response from him via email.

"The main goal was to determine if this issue should become one that the party should consider looking at given the Libertarian infusion to the ranks of late," Goar writes.  "I concluded that this issue, based on existing research, polling and such, is one that the party should consider."

Here is the full email from Goar:
Hi Kevin...I have a confidentially agreement but can share a few things:

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The logo for TG Med Inc. looks remarkably like the logo for the Twins baseball team.
I did consulting on a myriad of issues with medical marijuana being just one of them. The main goal was to determine if this issue should become one that the party should consider looking at given the Libertarian infusion to the ranks of late.  I was simply taking the "pulse" of some in the medical community as to what their thoughts and potential actions might be if legislation was ever pursued. MPR may have taken my comments out of context.  I concluded that this issue, based on existing research, polling and such, is one that the party should consider.  Whether the party considers my work and brings it to another level I do not know but I do hope that policy on this matter will gain traction.
We wanted to make sure we were understanding him correctly, so we wrote back and asked:
It sounds like you are suggesting that legalizing medical marijuana could be a good thing and that the MNGOP should consider supporting efforts to legalize it, in part because the Libertarians within the party might support legalization? Is that correct?
To which Goar replied:
that would be an accurate statement yes.Thanks
Tim Goar
The advice to support medical marijuana stands in stark contract to previous MNGOP policy. Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty was a staunch opponent, vetoing medical marijuana in 2009 and arguing against it during an appearance at the Libertarian Cato Institute in May 2011.

"I stood with law enforcement on this issue," he told a questioner from the Marijuana Policy Project. "We just have a respectful difference on this issue."

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medical alarm
medical alarm

  What a lovely forum page. I’ll undoubtedly be back again. Please maintain writing!

G in*us
G in*us

Its about time that the Republican Party start looking at practical methods to increase revenues with-out thinking about increasing their individual profits and/or salaries.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Don't count on it folks.Dayton just last spring signed the bill which outlawed synthetic cannabinoid sale or possession.So as long as Dayton is there, well...

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"Medical" Marijuana is a complete SHAM!

Look at the mess in Colorado and California ... just a pack of lies by recreational stoners under the pretense of "medicine".

green23
green23

Republican logic: we can't legalize marijuana for medical use because marijuana is illegal. We're open to any discussion of legalizing anything that is already legal, though.

anononodon
anononodon

Yea that's a pretty tough decision they have there, do they stay with the prison industry or can they make more money by legalizing it.  But see it's complicated because they can't seem to get the pharmaceutical companies to go along with it because well, just any ole body can grow pot by accidently dropping a seed, so that would destroy major segments of their industry.

If it were not for these pesky researchers who don't give a crap about the pharmaceutical industry and can easily find significant benefits to using the components of marijuana.

Yes, smoking pot is bad for you. So is smoking a prozac. What exactly is their point?

vitajex
vitajex

Now THAT is a Grand Old Party!

Sally Jo Sorensen
Sally Jo Sorensen

I'm not sure what they were smoking, but I just about passed out when I read this.

Corey Sax
Corey Sax

This is why Ron Paul is a good thing for the GOP. Now we need lefties to take over the DFL. 

Hi Pals
Hi Pals

Sweet, can't wait to chuff one down with my guy Cornkorb!

Chacka
Chacka

This just in:  Not every Republican thinks the same on every issue.  Now back to our regularly scheduled ad hominem attacks...

pizza
pizza

Now this is a story that matters. Thanks Kevin Hoffman.

Womanphoenix
Womanphoenix

Synthetic dope is nasty stuff and should be outlawed.  Real dope is much better for you.

Niko084
Niko084

 And... You have a degree in?

pizza
pizza

Haha! Your summation is pretty awesome, i can't lie. But in all fairness there are plenty of d's that don't either, just not as many as the r's.

Womanphoenix
Womanphoenix

But the controlling factions -- the West metro business cartel (aka the Sutton-Seifert crew) and the rival Emmer-Quist-Bachmann TheoCon faction -- are the ones that control what gets done.

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