Supporters of medical marijuana in Minnesota release ad attacking Gov. Dayton

Supporters of medical marijuana in Minnesota have released a television ad that attacks Gov. Mark Dayton for opposing the measure.

Dayton has said he would veto any bill legalizing marijuana for medical use, citing law-enforcement concerns.

But the 30-second commercial — scheduled to start running Thursday during “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Ellen” and “The View” — features a St. Paul mother who says her 5-year-old son, Paxton, has a serious seizure condition that was greatly improved when he used medical marijuana.

“When I found out Gov. Dayton is blocking a bill that would allow Paxton go get medical marijuana, I was shocked,” says Angela Garin in the ad.

“Tell Gov. Dayton to support Paxton and stop blocking access to medical marijuana,” she says.

Garin was one of the advocates who met with Dayton at the governor’s residence in mid-March to seek his support.

Recently, Dayton denied that he’d urged families to buy illegal marijuana on the streets for medical use.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 04/02/2014 - 03:01 pm.

    The problem is

    that the Feds have blocked any American research on the positive effects of cannabis. The only legal (by Federal law) source of marijuana is one farm in Missouri run by the Feds, and they dole it out very selectively.
    Because of this there’s no such thing as ‘medical marijuana’ since no one has submitted a proposal to the FDA for approval, because there’s no published research on its medical effectiveness.
    The answer therefore is action on the Federal level — the situation is beyond Dayton’s purview. Whatever executive action he takes, the Feds can still arrest anyone they catch using or selling marijuana. If you want to lobby someone, lobby Obama and your local Congresspersons.

    • Submitted by Rebecca Wentz on 04/02/2014 - 04:30 pm.

      feds blocking pot research

      In the recent past the Feds have released funds to do medicinal pot research. Mostly for the effects it would have in treating our returning soldiers for PTSD, but its a start. After Colorado and Washington state legalized pot recreationally, Obama took notice. Now I know alot of you out there don’t like him, and blame him for how things are going for us right now but remember something the President really has no power. Our Congress makes the law the President signs it into law or vetoes it, but in the event of a veto our Congress can overrulle the Presidential veto and force a bill into law so we cant just blame our President for how the country is doing right now its seriously up to ALL elected officials. Anyways that being said between two events: the success of two states legalizing across the board and Obama’s interview with the LA Times a couple months ago the legalization efforts are being stepped up. I believe the Feds should just legalize it on the Federal level and be done with it. Like Obama said we’d go after the drug cartels as drug trafficking would still be illegal, but it would create jobs in the law run and tax revenue for the state and federal government. So if we are going to lobby Congress or the President lobby for legalization all the way!! And get better caught up with your info people I follow this closely as the law directly effects several people i know including myself

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 04/02/2014 - 03:03 pm.

    The real flaw in Dayton’s argument

    is relying on law enforcement as experts on drug use and abuse.
    There’s a good behavioral pharmacology department at his alma mater which could provide real expert advice.

    • Submitted by Dan Hintz on 04/02/2014 - 05:34 pm.

      Law enforcement

      Sadly, it has nothing to do with good, or even bad, policy. Law enforcement just needs something to justify the money it collects from civil forfeitures and federal drug enforcement grants. Legalizing marijuana, even just for medical use, will have a huge financial impact, so opposing it is just self-preservation.

      I don’t necessarily blame law enforcement for not supporting something that will result in big budget cuts. I blame Governor Dayton for giving control of the issue to people who have a massive conflict of interest. Just a huge failure in leadership on the Governor’s part.

  3. Submitted by Ross Peco on 04/04/2014 - 02:55 pm.

    U.S. Already Holds a Patent on MedicalWeed Man

    nuff said

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