Target: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
Goal: Legalize the medical use of marijuana in Minnesota
The Minnesota state legislature will debate over legalizing medical marijuana this year, but the ultimate decision will hinge on Governor Dayton’s official stance – which has sided with law enforcement officials. Although there might be a rhetorical kind of logic in consulting law enforcement on this issue, it should be apparent that the police have a vested interest in keeping marijuana illegal, regardless of its medical benefits. Governor Dayton should instead base his position on the opinions of doctors and public health officials.
Evidence continues to pile up on the effectiveness of marijuana in treating certain diseases and disorders that cannot be treated any other way in western medicine. Severe epilepsy does not respond to any other treatment besides medical marijuana, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy have a great need for its healing effects, and it provides relief for those with glaucoma, chronic pain, and eating disorders.
The police don’t want to lose the revenue they bring in from marijuana charges, and their opinion on its medical benefits should be irrelevant. Governor Dayton should look to medical experts and public health officials for advice on this issue. Sign the petition to urge Governor Dayton to revise his stance on medical marijuana, and to leave law enforcement out of the issue.
Dear Governor Dayton,
You have taken a confusing stance on medical marijuana, a stance that will likely favor the prison system over the health of our citizens. Your official position is to stand by law enforcement officials, who roundly reject medical marijuana. The problem is that this is clearly a public health issue, not a criminal one. Minnesotans with certain diseases and disorders suffer without relief, despite all that western science can provide, while the safest and most effective medicine remains illegal.
Law enforcement has a vested interest in keeping marijuana illegal; marijuana charges are a source of revenue for every police department. This is a callous and indecent reason to deprive people of life-changing medicine. This decision ought to be informed by medical experts and public health officials, law enforcement should have nothing to do with it. Please revise your position on this issue by choosing to follow the advice of medical and health professionals, not the police.
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