MN Senate passes medical marijuana bill
|Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), the chief sponsor of a medical marijuana, speaking with reporters|
The biggest pushback came from Sen. Bill "I'm so against this bill" Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria), who opened up his remarks by saying the state should be more concerned with pot holes than pot. What followed was a series of statements, similar to those he laid out in a recent letter, about how medical marijuana was a grave step toward all-out blazing in the streets.
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Fear-mongering eventually gave way to non sequitur. Alcohol and cigarettes are already legal, he reminded no one. "Why in the world would anybody vote to bring in a third killer? Think about that."
|Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria)|
To which Dibble responded: "I've been answering the questions. Maybe I haven't been giving the answers that Senator Ingebrigtsen likes."
A flabbergasted Sen. Branden Petersen (R-Andover) described Ingebrigtsen's mental process as a "logical fallacy bingo board," then cautioned against insulting the intelligence of his colleagues.
As for the bill, Petersen, who's a sponsor, boiled down the debate to a simple question: "Do you believe that health care decisions are best made between doctors and patients?"
Some might see reductionism in that statement -- Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove) argued it would allow people to go back to the "good old days" of making medicine in steaming black pots -- but it actually represents the underlying philosophy of medical marijuana programs elsewhere in the country.