Minnesota mayor compares pot with cyanide

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City of Austin
Suffice it to say Mayor Stiehm won't be making an appearance at the Hemp Fest.
On September 15, hemp advocates in Austin, Minnesota, are holding the Minnesota Hemp Fest at Bandshell Community Park.

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The festival is billed as a drug-free, bring-your-kids sort of event. But as far as Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm is concerned, organizers might as well be holding the Minnesota Cyanide Fest.

In comments made to the Austin Daily Herald, Stiehm acknowledged that hemp and marijuana laws aren't city issues, and said, "It's not my job as mayor to bring up an issue that we're going to have no bearing on anyway and divide Austin over it."

But then he went ahead and did so anyway.

"I spent 30 years in law enforcement," Stiehm said. "There's worse things than marijuana, but there's worse things than cyanide, too. That doesn't make it good."

With folks who think along those lines leading the fight, it's no wonder Attorney General Eric Holder came out last week and basically admitted that America's 40-year-old "war on drugs" has been a failure.

h/t -- Bluestem Prairie

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medcannabis1
medcannabis1

this is who the good mayor scorns www.veteransforcompassionatecare.org   and here is a link to hospice clients pleading for safe access from their death beds .. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4el6EGqcUw  and here is what a real cannabis clinic and production looks like... not quite so scary as the good mayor wishes people to believe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8XPdHD_jng  

So now that you have had time to review for yourself and understand that the good people of Minnesota deserve better informed citizens to represent them. The prohibition profiteers who have corrupted law enforcement and work with the for-profit private prison industry to house cannabis criminals have become themselves a drain on society .

Common sense and good governance and we can find a workable program. 

chelsea.f
chelsea.f

...  Words cannot describe how utterly disappointed I am in our mayor.  Short-sighted, close-minded, completely unrealistic - he's basically just a huge disappointment.  His contradictions, evasions, and unwillingness to educate himself show he's not fit to lead a book club, let alone a town of 24,000 people.  Hemp is like cyanide?  Or even that marijuana is like cyanide? Puh-lease.

sosmpls
sosmpls

The good mayor should try some pot for his manorexia, it's a tried and true remedy!

John Lumbar
John Lumbar

So in 30 years of law enforcement he never learned the difference between hemp and marijuana? And the city of Austin somehow elected this dolt as their mayor? doesn't speak well of his intelligence OR theirs!

yourmother
yourmother

There are no worse things than cyanide.

Del Bauer
Del Bauer

And which uninformed comment are you referring to Jeff Schwartz?

Jeff Schwartz
Jeff Schwartz

I compare his face to that of an uninformed comment.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

If Mayor Stiehm were baked when he said this, it would be pretty funny.  If he's sober, and serious, and really did used to be a cop, then it's not funny, and it explains a lot about the behavior of small-town cops.  At least, the small-town cops who aren't dealing drugs.  Which, when I was growing up in Southwest MN, was about two-thirds of them.

< EDIT > I mean, two-thirds did NOT deal dope in my hometown.

Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner

There's worse things than trying to hide 3 chins with a goatee, but I can't think of any at the moment.

Frank Rizzo
Frank Rizzo

if he was a little more bald without the glasses he kinda looks like that bob kramer punk!

Keith Granroos-Brezny
Keith Granroos-Brezny

He should compare tapioca pudding to cyanide since they are from the same plant duuuhhh

Charlie Milkey
Charlie Milkey

it's misinformation to say the least--there was a firm belief that the sun revolved around the earth too, before someone actually did some research on it.

Chris Kurle
Chris Kurle

By the looks of things he might want to avoid the local drive through for a while.

Del Bauer
Del Bauer

Actually, it's cigarettes that have cyanide in them.

dave256
dave256

Pot is like cynaide eh?  and that's worth a headline?  I would expect a sophisticated modern newspaper to support progressive drug reform instead of parroting insane nonsense.

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