Minnesota can’t manage serious marijuana reform for the same reason American politics in general is broken. Special interest groups, corrupt leadership and the quest for more and more power keep marijuana illegal.
Police Departments and Big Pharma, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota, benefit from Minnesota’s continued prohibition of marijuana. Police Departments receive millions of dollars in federal grants for drug enforcement. Police Chiefs are public administrators, and as anyone who has taken “Intro. to Public Administration” knows, budgets must go up, not down. Reform would lower the budgets of police departments across the state.
Big Pharma makes a literal killing off opioides and the U of M is a big research outfit for Big Pharma. Pharma sees marijuana reform as a threat to their opioid sales. Pharmaceutical research means big money for the U of M and its legion of administrators.
Corrupt lawmakers in Minnesota collect money from the aforementioned special interests and resist reform. Mothers with crying children in wheelchairs shown night after night on the evening news had no effect on these so called “leaders”.
Prohibition is also power, the power to seize property, to imprison individuals and break up families. The racial and cultural focus of prohibition should be obvious.
Voters want this offensive prohibition to end. Now.
(Original article on my website.)
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From Mac Hall: As voters consider this issue, remember what Congress has done … and what it has not.
On May 19, when the U.S. House of Representatives considered the FY 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, it passed Representative Blumenauer’s Veterans Equal Access Amendment making it easier for qualified veterans to access state-legal medical marijuana — 233-189 … a bipartisan vote … but not in the Minnesota delegation where it was a party line vote … yep, John Kline, Erik Paulsen and Tom Emmer voted against helping vets.
But in the final bill, House Republicans stripped language from the bill.