Gov. Mark Dayton slammed in medical marijuana commercial [UPDATE]

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YouTube screen grab of a St. Paul mother advocating for medical marijuana
The advocates of medical marijuana wiped their eyes and came out swinging hard Tuesday in this anti-Gov. Mark Dayton ad campaign.

It features Angela Garin of St. Paul and her five-year son Paxton, who suffers daily from seizures. Garin is one of several mothers in recent months who've rallied for legislation that would allow their children to medicate with liquids containing CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana that's been effective in preventing child seizures.

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"I heard medical marijuana could help and we tried it," Garin says of a recent family trip to Oregon, adding that the boy's seizures then went down by 88 percent. Then she goes on to describe her shock at Dayton's hesitation to endorse a medical marijuana distribution system without the support of the state's top cops and prosecutors.

"My family deserves better," she says. "Minnesota deserves better."

When reached for comment, Dayton's press secretary, Matt Swenson, released the following statement: "They have every right to express their views; that is what democracy is all about."

Last week, the so-called Minnesota mommy lobby held a weepy press conference in which they blasted Dayton for his position that marijuana first go through costly trials at the Mayo Clinic and for statements the governor made suggesting that they -- and not he -- were impeding meaningful reform.

Dayton responded by saying he's been wrongly portrayed as a sole barrier, citing several public health officials and statewide associations that share his skepticism on the plant's medicinal value.

The Marijuana Policy Project, which produced the commercial, disagrees:



::: UPDATE :::

Bob Capecchi, a spokesman for MPP, tells us that the Washington-based nonprofit spent $10,000 between production and airtime that runs through April 9.

The commercial opens tonight on Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. It's also supposed to make the rounds of Good Morning America, Ellen, and the View, among daytime slots others.

The commercial is intended only as a critique of the governor's handling of this particular issue, which has vast majority support from the populace and his own party, Capecchi says. MPP wrote the prospective medical marijuana bill in Minnesota, and factored in the experience of other states in figuring out the best safety measures and controls.

By no means is the bill radical, Capecchi says: "It should be non-controversial to support."

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DarkerMarker
DarkerMarker

How is it even possible to  doubt the Medicinal Properties these days? Dayton has obviously had his head in a barrel, probably a whisky one. 

Rob Peterson
Rob Peterson

"That's what democracy is all about." Well, democracy is also about serving your constiuants, its also all about voting for someone else.

Angela Robinson
Angela Robinson

Stop limiting your thinking and your choices to a two party system. We all know the definition of insanity by now so make a change.

Jerry Gorman
Jerry Gorman

John schild is 100% correct Dayton is a 12 stepper it would be like talking to a born again Christian there's no point to even engage. Also Dayton is not going to go against a Union and that's what were really talking about. I'm not for legalization. Put it to a referendum. I don't know why the Lady is complaining pot is easy to get just buy it a genetically modified

John Schild
John Schild

You expect Minnesota to pass legislation legalizing marijuana for medicinal use? You're crazy. Dayton's a drinker. Good luck, you guys.

Tanker10
Tanker10

More study , you don't think the state that have MM didn't do study ? How Fing stupid does he think we are . He still letting the cops control him on this . This Idiot has got to go . Because he can't control his addictions , he thinks everyone is as weak as he is . 

Jennifer Dahn
Jennifer Dahn

We don't have to just vote Republican or Democrat. There are other parties too, other parties who wouldn't think twice about legalizing. I'm tired of the republicrats. If ya want things to change, ya might wanna vote smart. Vote 3rd party.

Jillian Bridges
Jillian Bridges

Just move to Colorado or Washington. Eff the Midwest and their backwards ways.

Gary
Gary

20 states with legal medicinal cannabis (and counting), two with full legalization (again, and counting), but let me guess, "We need more research," right Dayton? Grow a damn backbone and work for your constituents.

Shawn Gooderum
Shawn Gooderum

And he deserves it. Why would anyone with half a brain ask the police for medical advice and leave it up to them to determine the fate of this being legalized for medical use? Did the entire police force vote on this or was it a couple of idiots in high rank that got paid off by competing pharmaceutical companies to tell the governor Nadda?

Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox

its time.....there better solutions then pharmacopeia!

Andy Pavlik
Andy Pavlik

Question, do any of the Republican candidates support medical marijuana?

Andrew Bursaw
Andrew Bursaw

Roads arent getting fixed, 90 million dollar office slaces and dayton wont even consider trying to pass a medical mj bill? #recalldayton

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Just a prelude to how he's gonna get slammed on November 4th.

digitaldeath
digitaldeath

does the governor not know that he is the governor?


fucking puppet boy

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Gary  Such a loser on this issue. It's going to cost him the election.  I'm a loyal DFL voter but this is what happens when you elect a rich asshole.   He's listening to doofus advisers and being stubborn.  It won't be hard to cast a protest vote against this doofus.  I'm happy to do it because it will teach the DFL to never ignore science and compassion again.  I don't vote for a political party that thinks cops tell me what medicine I can take. 



The Republicans are beyond frauds on this issue once again.  Lucky Minnesota has a fairly viable 3rd party.  I hope they put up a pro-legalization moderate or progressive.  

sosmpls
sosmpls

Jeff Johnson said he'll consider it, but I need a much stronger commitment before I support him. The rest of them still want to curtail our freedoms.

duhh
duhh

#voterepublican

sosmpls
sosmpls

@1percenter

I'm a hard core republican with libertarian leanings, but none of the republican candidates for governor supports legalizing pot either. I might have to hold my nose and vote for Leslie Davis. It never seems to matter who's in charge anyway.

Gary
Gary

@MicheleBachmann  Lifelong DFL here as well, but I won't be casting a vote for Dayton based solely on the fact that this isn't common sense politics, which is why I'm a Democrat in the first place. Hopefully a viable 3rd party candidate will seize this opportunity -- Dayton is making Minnesota look back-assards on this issue.

duhh
duhh

@sosmpls  Jeff Johnson and Dave Thompson are open to it. The only people I see curtailing freedoms are the democratic president, and the dems in the mn house and senate.

duhh
duhh

@sosmpls  Yes they do. Both dave thompson and jeff johnson are for it. 

eltonjohn
eltonjohn

@MicheleBachmann @duhh  i'm glad you can now get married but for people who aren't sexual deviants or criminals all the democrats do is take away rights, money, and freedoms. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@duhh The DFL in Minnesota passed gay marriage.  The Republicans tried to pass anti-gay and anti-voting rights bills. Obama also made sure gay Americans could serve openly in the military.   You are a liar and easily disproved.   The reason the Republicans are a laughingstock is stupid poorly informed trash like you.  

GretavonOtto
GretavonOtto

@_Joe_ He also called another poster "retarded" which puts him in the same category as' Michelle Bachmann', an uneducated internet troll.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@uretarded  

"Open to" and "willing"  for the right bill.

That's politician for, "Let the potheads think I support this one until after the election when I can use my built-in easy out."

uretarded
uretarded

@sosmpls @duhh  He's stated that he's open to it and it would be something he is willing to do if elected governor. He doesn't support the current bill which is flawed anyway. 

sosmpls
sosmpls

@duhh @sosmpls As of March 27, 2014 Thompson was AGAINST it. He said he hasn't yet seen a bill he could support, which means the current bill.

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