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Restrictive conditions for medical marijuana

There’s something quaint about this … . Christopher Snowbeck of the PiPress says: “With more states giving patients the chance to use marijuana for medical purposes, lawmakers on Tuesday launched a debate over whether Minnesota should join the trend. … It would allow the Department of Health to issue medical marijuana ID cards to patients with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and HIV/AIDS who are prescribed the drug by a physician. The state would regulate dispensaries, and those who don’t live within 15 miles of a marijuana dispensary would be allowed to grow a limited amount of marijuana in their homes, supporters say.” Bureaucracies create bureaucracies.

In the Strib, Jeremy Olson says:The list of conditions appears more restrictive than in California, where patients can get marijuana for anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder — and critics suggest trickery by recreational users. ‘Those are conditions that people can … fake if they want to get a card that allows them to use medical marijuana,’ said Dr. Carrie Borchardt, a child psychiatrist and president of the Minnesota Psychiatric Society. ‘It’s really kind of a joke.’ ” And by contrast the current laws are … ?

Meanwhile … invaders from the east! Tom Daykin of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says: “Milwaukee Brewing Co. is expanding its distribution to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area beginning Wednesday, the company announced. The brewer’s brands, including Louie’s Demise Amber Ale, Hop Happy IPA, Booyah Farmhouse Ale, Outboard Cream Ale, O-Gii Imperial Wit and Hop Freak Double IPA, will be sold in the Twin Cities as part of phased rollout in Minnesota. In the coming months, Milwaukee Brewing’s beers will be available in St. Cloud, Duluth, Brainerd and Bemidji, Minn.” Who will inspect the dispensaries for that stuff?

Eight up, one down. Jim Anderson of the Strib reports: “There are many reasons why the Minneapolis city impound lot west of downtown might be considered notorious, but as of last week, being a state Superfund site is no longer one of them. After nearly 30 years of city cleanup efforts and other improvements at the Colfax Avenue N. site, it was removed from the state list by a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Citizens’ Board vote. Eight other sites, however, were added to the list, bringing the total to 82 … .” It remains toxic for the very high level of profanity used there.

It’s only March and the angel jing is gone … Nick Woltman of the PiPress says: “Minnesota’s Angel Tax Credit program has already allocated its $12.2 million in 2014 credits, according to the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development. The tax credits — intended to spur investment in small businesses — were all allocated by Monday, said Jeff Nelson, the program’s coordinator. … The credits ran out in mid-May last year, and in Mid-July the year before that.”

You’ll never guess who thinks this raise in the minimum wage is anti-capitalist hooey … . PiPresser Joe Soucheray writes: “[I]t is rare to encounter such proficiency in a job that presumably pays minimum wage. Mostly you encounter sullen young people who have no spirit or verve. … I don’t understand why the government has the authority or the obligation — well, they do, to their unions — to instruct employers to pay more for such performance. If the employee succeeds, the employer will pay more. That’s how it has always worked, at least until the left got the idea that they could certainly build their base by having others pay more for less.” I kept waiting for the line about how at $9.50 an hour these overpaid dullard/slackers could at least help out with Joe’s property tax bill.

Meanwhile, Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Strib says “[L]egislative talks among Democrats over raising the state’s minimum wage Tuesday night included blunt words from the leaders of the House and Senate. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Tuesday night that there is no way the Senate will accept an automatic inflator in a minimum wage bill, ‘period.’ ” The idea of including an automatic inflationary bump come 2017 has become a key sticking point in the negotiations between House and Senate.”

Yeah sure, right after we repeal gay marriage and hammer that Voter ID thing home … Catharine Richert at MPR reports: “When Republican operative Ben Golnik looks at a map of Minnesota, he sees opportunity. … ‘The Minnesotans that care about jobs and the economy like the Republican’s message,’ he said. ‘However, that message did not come out in 2012 because the focus was on the marriage amendment.’ ” Does he remember that the Voter ID “initiative” took a worse defeat than the GOP’s anti-gay marriage amendment?

Was he obstructing anything? Tim Harlow of the Strib writes: “[C]reative parking doesn’t pay. In fact, it will cost you, as a recent user of the car-sharing service Car2Go found out. The user backed the tiny Smart Fortwo Passion horizontally in an open space in between two legally parallel-parked vehicles and left the front wheels facing toward S. 7th Street across from Hennepin County Government Center. That broke two laws, said John Elder, a Minneapolis police spokesman.” I say, points for creativity.

Comments (11)

  1. Submitted by Greg Price on 03/05/2014 - 09:38 am.

    Kudos to Mr. Lambert!!


    I may not always agree with your views however your judicious use of sarcasm is what brings me back to this column twice a day…you deserve twice what they pay you…

    thanks again


  2. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 03/05/2014 - 10:59 am.

    Earth to Ben Golnick !!

    “Minnesotans…like the Republican’s message,” he said. “However, that message did not come out in 2012…”

    Oh yes it did, Mr. Golnick. The Republican philosophy, method and means all came out in crystal-clear fashion in what they actually did.

    Republicans like Mr. Golnick think all they need to do is change the PR – mouth different words, wear a different mask – and all will be well, the ignorant voters will lap up their dissemblance.

    The trouble with this theory is that Minnesotans know the GOP pretty well, and basically don’t like what they see. There is no misunderstanding of “the message” here – it is seen as the phoney-baloney window dressing that it is.

  3. Submitted by John Edwards on 03/05/2014 - 11:27 am.

    A teachable momement?

    In view of Mr. Price’s praise of the routine liberal sarcasm of Mr. Lambert, it might be timely to review the banner under which MinnPost proclaims it operates: “MinnPost is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise whose mission is to provide high-quality journalism for news-intense people who care about Minnesota.”

    You especially have to love that “nonpartisan” claim. Hee, hee. It is a good one.

    Also rich is Brian’s obsession with Wisconsin for “news-intense people who care about Minnesota” when he sees an opportunity to include something negative about that state’s governor Scott Walker.

    The mission statement obviously is for fund raising and does not prevent delivering red meat (leafy vegetables?) to an intense left-wing audience—the website’s clear purpose.

  4. Submitted by Greg Price on 03/05/2014 - 01:18 pm.

    Hardly Left wing

    I am hardly left wing in any sense of the word…but I enjoy the column…I read the Minneapolis Red Star & Tribune as well…you could take the same situation to them with the same effect.

    One can always censor oneself with the cessation of reading what one does not agree with…or take it with a grain of salt…

    I wish you all well…

    Greg Price

  5. Submitted by Jeff Michaels on 03/05/2014 - 02:11 pm.

    Commenting on Mr. Price and Mr. Edwards

    To be most effective, sarcasm has to move both ways. Sadly, as we who read MinnPost know, liberals just can’t take a humorous look at themselves.

    Take, for example, the global warming issue. I read three daily newspapers, watch 90 minutes of television news and spend over an hour a day on the Internet. I have yet to see anyone from the establishment media, in a news story or column, make even the slightest joking reference to the absurdity of failing to ask global warming alarmists whether they have given any thought to reconsidering the certainty of their “scientific” conviction.

    An iconoclastic reporter or columnist could have that familiar field day with a light-hearted piece poking fun at such faith in view of the miserable conditions we have experienced. Specifically, I would love to know what an avuncular former local TV anchorman, who promoted the climate change argument for years, has to say about the weather these days.

    Maybe the iconoclastic Mr. Lambert, a noted fair and balanced purveyor of sarcasm, could give him a call?

    • Submitted by Marc Post on 03/05/2014 - 03:54 pm.

      No, you really don’t

      You can go to Mr. Douglas’ website via the Strib and see what he thinks at any time. I encourage you to do so but I’m not surprised you haven’t. Why don’t you go check yourself?

      Your comment “promoted climate change argument for years, has to say about the weather” demonstrates that you don’t understand the difference between climate and weather. It’s normal for deniers to not know the difference, but that is their failing, not science’s. Climate change has not stopped because MN had a cold winter! Who said we’d never have cold winters anyway? Certainly not climate scientists.

      And “reconsidering the certainty of their “scientific” conviction”? Really? What you also don’t seem to understand is that science is based on skepticism. Climate scientists don’t want to be right about climate change. The consequences will be severe. Science, however, requires them to accept the facts and evidence for what it is. I would love to see a single, peer-reviewed scientific paper contradicting the 97% of climate scientists. We don’t want this to happen, but it’s going to anyway.

      Please see for facts.

  6. Submitted by Rosalind Kohls on 03/05/2014 - 02:13 pm.

    teachable, yes

    I’m conservative, but I read this website to find out how leftists think, what they believe is important, and how they interpret current events. It is the only leftist website that I can stomach.

  7. Submitted by jason myron on 03/05/2014 - 03:42 pm.

    That’s rich…

    Liberals don’t have a sense of humor but the people here complaining are conservatives. But the best part is apparently being in the petri dish of conservatives to find out how we think…no need for experimentation, I’ll just tell you flat out, I think a lot of conservatives have gone completely off the rails. The conspiracy, the out and out misinformation, the paranoia, the xenophobia, the demonization of union workers, the racism, the misogyny, the hatred of our president to the point that some are actually wishing Putin was our leader, the marginalizing of gays, the poor, the unemployed, the underemployed, the fixation on the 2nd amendment, on taxes and the out right lack of empathy for anyone that doesn’t conform to their narrow world view. Does that clear it up for you?

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