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Tim Pawlenty: Marijuana’s New Enemy?

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By Scott Morgan

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“Someone has to finally stand up and level with the American people. Someone has to lead. I will.” So says newly announced Republican Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, who believes that people who are dying from serious illnesses deserve to be arrested if they use the marijuana for relief:

Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill to legalize marijuana for terminally ill patients late Friday evening, saying he sides with law enforcement opposition to the bill.

Joni Whiting, whose testimony of finding marijuana for her dying daughter brought tears to many legislators’ eyes, had harsh words for Pawlenty.

“The governor thinks I’m a criminal for allowing my daughter some comfort during the last months of her life,” she said. “I don’t know how he sleeps at night, but I do know I’m not giving up until others in my daughter’s situation are protected.” (Minnesota Independent)

If nothing else, Pawlenty can at least be remembered as having taken a bold stand for what he believed in, which in this case was the right to imprison people with months to live. It’s a sickening position to take, but at least he did it for a legitimate reason (some cops told him to). Ok, this is hard to spin, actually.

gop 420A 2010 poll showed Republican support for medical marijuana at 72% (and that’s without narrowing it down to only covering dying patients in a failed attempt to stop stupid Tim Pawlenty from vetoing it). Marijuana policy in general isn’t exactly the top issue among voters on the right, but it’s gained tremendous momentum in recent years. Ron Paul and Gary Johnson have proven that supporting reform of marijuana laws can create significant support from previously alienated republican voters, and their growing bandwagon will be eager to discuss subjects such as Pawlenty’s bone-headed opposition to even the strictest possible medical marijuana law.

The number of swing votes tied directly to the marijuana policy debate has never been larger than it is today and if the GOP is serious about winning back the White House in 2012, it really might be a good idea to choose a candidate who is better than Obama when it comes to fixing harsh marijuana laws. That person is not Tim Pawlenty.

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  • antonette

    Another ignorant politician stepping over sick people to further his career. What is wrong with these people, that would prevent sick people relief from their pain? Science is not enough proof for these morons, and the testimony of a mother trying to give comfort to her dying daughter, is still not good enough reason to open your mind to the possibilities that “just maybe” marijuana does help people? These are the same clowns that are against industrial hemp! This is laughable, and I am totally disgusted with these closed minded, douche bags, making medical decisions for the terminally ill. I lost 3 people in my immediate family to cancer, and would have given them “ANYTHING” they needed to relieve their pain. Ignorance is BLISS! Forgive them Lord, for they know not what they do!!! This is SAD! Pawlenty should hang his head in SHAME!