Medical cannabis, solely in the form of a high-CBD, extremely low-THC non-psychoactive extract, has just been legalized in Alabama and Utah, with large numbers of Republicans voting for the measures in two of the country's most conservative states. In Alabama, Carly's Law, named for a local young girl with severe epilepsy, actually passed the statehouse unanimously.
Both efforts were designed to supply CBD-rich cannabis extracts to epileptic children as rapidly as possible, since the treatment has shown tremendous safety and efficacy in many cases.
In Minnesota, however, a similar push faces opposition from Governor Mark Dayton, who instead favors funding a $2.2 million health-impact study of CBD at the Mayo Clinic -- a plan that would deny legal access to Minnesota parents until at least 2016 in order to address "concerns identified by community representatives and the experience of other states with current medical cannabis programs."
In the meantime, during a private meeting on March 13, according to Jessica Hauser -- who has lobbied the government in support of CBD legislation -- Dayton suggested she and other families with severely ill children simply break the law. Hauser's description of this conversation, as related by the Minnesota Post, is downright shocking:
“I was incredibly hopeful when Governor Dayton invited me into his home a couple of weeks ago,” said Hauser, whose son Wyatt has infantile spasms, a form of epilepsy that she said causes her child to have hundreds of seizures per day. She said Wyatt has tried 10 epileptic medications and a specialized diet, with no success, and is not a candidate for surgery.
“So I explained to [the governor] how my son and others like him would benefit from safe and legal access to medical marijuana. I told him in great detail our story and our struggles. My optimism quickly turned to dismay when, after hearing my son’s story, the governor actually suggested I should just find medical marijuana for my son off the street. This is our state’s top official looking me in the eye and telling me that I should have to break the law to buy marijuana from an illegal drug dealer instead of being able to access it safely and legally from a tightly regulated state licensed provider as outlined in the H.F. 1818 bill. Is that what his friends in law enforcement would prefer as well?”
Has there ever been a better illustration of the hollowness of “please think of the children” than this? And when, exactly, will Governor Dayton be brought up on charges for conspiracy to sell marijuana to a minor?