Contradicting published reports, Mark Dayton now denies telling moms to buy pot off street

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Mothers of children with afflictions they believe could be treated by medical marijuana claim Governor Dayton "suggested" to them during a private March 13 meeting that they should just buy pot off the street in lieu of having legal access. (Watch video of one mother detailing what was said at the meeting at the bottom of this post.)

According to a WCCO report, Dayton wasn't contradicting that version of events as recently as Wednesday. "The governor does not deny he told at least one of the parents to buy illegal pot off the street," Pat Kessler reported.

His tune changed during a news conference today, however.

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"The mothers of sick children a couple days ago say that you suggested to them to buy marijuana on the street. Did you do that?" a reporter asked.

"No," the governor replied.

"You did not?" the reporter followed up.

"No," Dayton said.

"What are they talking about?" the reporter said.

"I don't know. I've said all I'm gonna say about medical marijuana... I'm just not going to discuss it further," the governor replied.

Assuming the governor was telling the truth today, then either Kessler's report is false or the mothers are lying about what Dayton said. But during a conference call with reporters earlier this month, Dayton offered up comments about pot that sounded similar to what the mothers claim he said during their meeting. For instance:



We got in touch with Matt Swenson, Dayton's press secretary, in hopes he'd clarify things. But he repeatedly directed us to listen to the audio of today's press conference and wouldn't respond to questions about whether Kessler's report accurately characterized the governor's comments.

If nothing else, today's developments demonstrate that the governor's handling of the medical marijuana issue isn't getting any less bizarre or inconsistent.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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Dudemaster
Dudemaster

This gov. simply betrayed the will of the people of MN for his own political end. He doesn't like "children" enough to support a law that will help heal those children who are sick. He is simply and 'evil' person who is unfortunately, usurped his way into the representing every person in the state of MN.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

A few good Democrats had better step forward and get in the primary. Dayton is going to lose some of his base with this one and the Governor's race in MN is usually pretty close anyway.

Jules Kabat Layer
Jules Kabat Layer

asshole, another one that should be booted out of office, bumbling idiot OMG

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

From listening to Dayton speak - he must have a ton of drugs he could share with this gal!

MnSenior
MnSenior

Right now, chances I vote for him next time around are "slim to none."

Jer Amundsen
Jer Amundsen

Wow. How stupid. Just legalize it already, Dayton.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Never trust a politician. They are paid to lie. Dayton has lost all my respect the past year or two. He needs to retire. MN needs a political revolution. 

Leah Bartizal
Leah Bartizal

And what about those street suppliers? They automatically receive 5, 10, 20 year mandatory minimums in federal prison. Our system is set up to enslave us. 1 in 100 people in the USA are currently in prison. The 13th amendment needs to be ratified to say that under all circumstances slavery is illegal. Maybe then the private prisons would stop profiting multi millions, making $30,000 per prisoner of taxpayer money each year. Follow the money.

Adam Garlie
Adam Garlie

Just make sure not to arrest us for it then right?!?

Terri Taray
Terri Taray

I heard about this, and cried...I have EPILEPSY. ..And, the Medical profesion blew me off for fourteen years! I have never gotten high (doesnt mstter with medical pot, levels are different) BUT after 14 years, nine Neurologists, seven MRIs AND nearly 30 different pills...I'd of tried ANYTHING-why not, the doctors did!!!! Kicker is: I HAD A BRAIN TUMOUR THE WHOLE TIME! I was s PHARMA gunnie pig with NO positive results! As an adult! Why should children suffer if it can help..OMG! People (cops, doctors, etc) would have to DO their job....shameful! I wish some of these idiots would have A Grandmal seizure once, it feels like you've been hit by a truck! Then say NO! Put yourself in the patient/sufferers shoes! In this tech age...medicine should IMPROVE...not decline!

ddowning281
ddowning281

All you libs voted for this clown, just like the GOP different master same dog,at least the good stuff is leaking in from out west,no pain to cure but a great relaxer,no chance to pass if a bleeding heart like Dayton won't push this through,let the people decide ,it's got my vote and I'm as far right as they come.

Betty Hindbjorgen
Betty Hindbjorgen

Pot should & most likely will be legal in all States one day.

Jodi Sellers
Jodi Sellers

I am pretty sure getting caught giving your child marijuana in MN will be more than a PM. Other wise parents would be doing this already......... Legalization is the only way to safety give your child marijuana. Just one of the thousands of valid reasons for marijuana legalization.

Robert Cloutier
Robert Cloutier

Let the people decide, Put it on the ballot. I think he would sign it.

Andy Nelson
Andy Nelson

Marijuana is the gateway to hell, dayton must beeee satan?

Jonathan David
Jonathan David

That's about all I know about the shrimping business.

Ed Walker
Ed Walker

Let's get Ventura back he'll listen to the people

mikecgrimes
mikecgrimes

This is a political fumble and a big one, but assuming the Governors stance is that we don't need to do this then thats the way it is.  It appears parading parents of    sick children into his office to get him to change his mind didn't work.  Should he have told the mother that as governor?  No.  Should he have told that mother that if she wouldn't accept his stance on the issue, maybe not, but I'm glad he did.  I disagree with Dayton on most issues, and as someone who wants to see him defeated this fall I'm loving this from a political standpoint, but I'm with the governor on this one, just wish he would be honest about what he told her, but the lie is just politics.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Dayton. You are making yourself look more like a moron everyday. Fine, these poor families will just buy it illegally and you will have no regulation or tax revenue. 


The modern government is NOT on our side. We need to realize that everyday they are becoming more like the England we revolted against. They are exactly what they hate and are the terrorists they fight against. 

Sara Winsett
Sara Winsett

Hahahahaha! You just fucked yourself, sir!

Tom Meier
Tom Meier

Who you calling "you people"? Mike Horn

brentl
brentl

So he wants them to buy the marijuana from some criminal on the street, who may or may not have intentions of ripping them off, instead of getting it from a doctor of medicine. Hmm... I have to go with the governor on this one. It makes the most sense.

Tanker10
Tanker10

WTF - The Gov. tell people to go and break the law , so his cop buddy's can bust you and take some of your money . This prick can't control his own demons , we suffer .

Owatonna Web
Owatonna Web

Sure, so one day she will get caught by the police, be fines and bring money to the state...hey I have an ingenious idea, let do some research and spend money on that instead of looking at other states compiled data to make an assessment. Common governor!

Liam Dixon
Liam Dixon

Just look at the states that have legalized it, are there crazy people running around high on "the pot", NO!!! I just took an hour out of my day to look it up, no complaints in CO or WA, and I did that while smoking a joint, and look, I can still type and form a reasonable thought. Dayton can't even do that sober!!! Pothead-1, politician-0

Mike Horn
Mike Horn

Old googly eyes up to it again...how did you people vote for him...and I do mean You people

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

Scott Honor will get MN straightened out

Microphone Skerschman
Microphone Skerschman

Dayton is just like most every other politicians. He's just much worse at lying to us all about who's paying him to make decisions.

Caya Dahl
Caya Dahl

Why make an innocent person a criminal if they are caught? Just legalize it!! He's a liar, what a surprise.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@k2yeb  Yeah, bring Jesse back. That was our last political revolution.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@ddowning281  And as much as I as disagree with Dayton's stance on this, I'd still rather see him in Gov's office rather than that loud-mouth fat-fuck Tom Emmer - or any other Republican't for that matter. 

patrickdentinger
patrickdentinger

... vetoed the bill which passed both MN house and senate in '10.

imgadgett
imgadgett

@brentl182 These parents of seriously ill children cannot do that, street pot has in most cases been sprayed with pesticides which could cause harm to them.  Street pot additionally has a higher THC content, and for the children a low tch high cbd ratio is known to give the best effect without the high associated with street pot.  People with cancer need a higher thc ratio to increase appetite.  All medical patients need marijuana that has thc in it because the thc even in small amounts supposedly carry's the cbd to where the cannabinoid receptors are for use by the brain, stomach etc...

sosmpls
sosmpls

There has already been plenty of research, can't the Gov. read without screwing the taxpayers out of 2.5 million dollars?

And, how about the research that doesn't exist: like how many people have OD on pot, how many have been hospitalized? That's because the answer is zero. 

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

@MNjoe @k2yeb Not sure that is the answer, however. Jesse is very paranoid and obsessive. 

brentl
brentl

@imgadgett @brentl182Yeah I was trying to be a little sarcastic in my remark. I totally agree with you. I'd rather people who need it get it from a doctor than a criminal.

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