Mark Dayton says he's against easing marijuana laws

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Dayton and Peter Tosh are philosophically opposed.
As we told you about a couple weeks ago, a bill easing Minnesota's marijuana laws will likely come before the legislature this session. And thanks to new DFL majorities, it stands a good chance of bring approved.

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But will Mark Dayton sign it into law? In an interview with the AP, our alleged pill-popping governor indicates he probably won't.

A preview of the interview published this morning says Dayton won't sign a bill relaxing marijuana laws unless it has the backing of law enforcement, which seems like a long shot.

"I don't think we need another drug operating in our society," Dayton said.

His remarks shouldn't come as a surprise. The Marijuana Policy Project characterizes Dayton's marijuana stance as "no more favorable" toward legalization than former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who vetoed a medical marijuana bill back in 2009.

Furthermore, during a visit to East Ridge High School in April 2011, Dayton was asked whether he supported medical marijuana. He said "he would under narrow circumstances but not to the degree of a state such as California," Woodbury Patch reported.

So despite Minnesota's new DFL-dominated political reality, it looks like those of you who would like nothing more than to buy a pack of Marb Greens at your local convenience store will continue to have to roll your own for the foreseeable future.

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jack_sprat
jack_sprat

Of course Mark Dayton's against easing the marijuana laws. The banks have made untold hundreds of billions of dollars profiting on the misery engendered by the Drug Wars. He's a ghoul and a vampire.

Ziggypop
Ziggypop

It is  not up to Dayton to decide this issue for us. He works for us. We are NOT children and did not give him that power just because he was elected.

If he does not want to listen to the majority he can quit.

dohnnyjepp
dohnnyjepp

Hey Mark, did you hear Colorado beat the recession? Moron.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Weed should be legal period. Tax it like tobacco. Treat our country like adults. We destroyed the border to Mexico and many So. American countries with our appetite for drugs. We spend millions in Amsterdam in the coffee shops. Reduce the debt. Stop thinking outdated ideologies. I mean do you really think weed is worse than Everclear or the like?

Alex Bissen
Alex Bissen

Now is the time to drive this issue in for the win. Be vocal. Be active. Most importantly, take this shit out of the closet and drop the stigma and taboo that the War On Drugs has placed on marijuana. Smoke and support with pride. We will legalize marijuana, and our day is very near.

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

why not? the war on drugs is the biggest waste of money ever. cut that, and it would help fix the budget pretty damn quick.

Kipp Woxland
Kipp Woxland

Taxing weed seems like a bad idea, I mean what would we do with all that money?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

What a stupid thing to say.  Dayton should study the issue a bit more.  Differing to police/prison industrial complex is cowardice.   

Julia Tholke
Julia Tholke

Meh figures he would say that. From the Land of Andrew Volstead!

Akiva Benavraham
Akiva Benavraham

Dayton is big pharma,shit everyone can see he's governing our State under the influence of some wako pill cocktail.Secondly,it's the peoples voice that's is changing this "immoral"prohibition.The cats out of the bag Dayton ..move out of the way.

Matt Hoiland
Matt Hoiland

"I don't think we need another drug operating in our society," Dayton said. Um...it's operating right now, and without any of the benefits that alcohol and tobacco produce for state coffers, and actually has a much less detrimental impact on people in terms of health issues. Legalization and taxation seems like a no brainer. At the very least, allow citizens to grow a few plants at a time without any legal repercussions. Starve the cartels.

Patrick Raum
Patrick Raum

Does his desire to not see another drug operating in society magically make the drug operation disappear? Like closing his eyes makes it dark outside? This guy is a lunatic.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Dayton rejects the will of the people, he disregards the actions of the legislature and says "I don't think we need another drug operating in our society". Dayton just is another self-serving prick, but still a better choice than Emmer and he hasn't been all crooked like Pawlenty.

McLain Causey
McLain Causey

Did you read his rationale? "We don't need another drug in our society." As though prohibition is a magic wand that makes the substance vanish. Indeed, the biggest costs to society, and boons to criminality that attacks society, are due to prohibition. What an idiot.

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

Mark Dayton, don't be a moron. I don't smoke weed, but laws against it are, frankly, fucking dumb! Period.

Max Richter
Max Richter

Colorado? We Legalized weed here in Washington yesterday. How much money & and prison space is being wasted over a fucking plant? We have other problems like homelessness and a shitty education system.

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

It's a politically safe stance to be "anti-drug". They'll put it on the ballot in order to save face.

Reid Diebel
Reid Diebel

Well isn't mark just a cool guy.... He needs to learn to chill. Lol

Noah Hanson
Noah Hanson

Dayton is a nanny statist. He vetoed the fireworks bill last session and now this. I will not vote for him again, Independence Party candidate for me.

Declan Ring
Declan Ring

We need to get people like this out and put in people who are more in keeping with the views of the Modern world. People like this fool ruining it for everyone

Nathan Hoffmann
Nathan Hoffmann

But a Constitutional amendment doesn't need the approval of the Governor. I doubt even the new legislature will take the issue up but Dayton's view on this issue really doesn't mean anything if the legislature decides to put it on the ballot.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Alex Bissen Haven't smoked the stuff in thirty years. Don't intend to do so again. That said, you're F'ing right. Let's give the bankers one less way to live higher on the hog than the rest of us. (There's few things more profitable than laundering money.)

keny1
keny1

@MicheleBachmann Because we all know that people who do drugs are the most productive members of society.  Just like those unemployed ghetto thugs who hang around bus shelters smoking weed.  Then when the bus rolls up, they tell the driver, "I ain't got no money for the bus". But they always somehow have money for liquor, weed, and cigarettes. So I guess we should blame Bush and all Republicans for this.  LOL!!  Liberals are so stupid! 

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Matt Hoiland If he wants to get bad isht out of our bodies, then let him campaign to ban bad plastics that break down in the environment into estrogen precursors. "No more fat-tittied boys with undescended testicles! Fatties, instead!"

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@McLain Causey You're attacking HIS pocketbook, he's defending it from the end of Prohibition, and he gets a (relative) pass from you, yet HE's the idiot? He's a Profiteer, not a fool. He IS organized crime.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Curtis Meyer Excellent point.  Putting it on the ballot is probably the way this issue gets solved.  The DFL is so stupid though.  This is a political winner.  The DFL could steal lots of young Ron Paul fans from potentially becoming Republicans by supporting this.   At worst they might lose a few crazy old people.    Dumb.

keny1isretarded
keny1isretarded

@keny1 You are quite possibly the most uninformed person I've ever seen comment on the internet.

Concern yourself WITH THINGS THAT CONCERN YOU. If you don't want to smoke marijuana, don't. The intolerable idiocy flowing from your face would get you punched if you were within arms length right now.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@keny1Fuck off and die racist troll.   You have nothing to contribute so fuck off and die you fucking scumbag.

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