Thursday, May 20, 2004
A bill that will make medical marijuana legal to use and possess for certain individuals will become law in Vermont, without Governor Douglas' signature. The final bill is a very watered-down version of the bill originally proposed by the Senate, and for some baffling reason moves jurisdiction over use of medical marijuana from the Department of Health to the Department of Public Safety, which includes the State Police. So, I'm not sure there's all that much to cheer about in this bill, but what I found disgusting was the Governor's reaction to the law.
Douglas said that advocates of the legalization of marijuana for recreational use should not take joy in the new medical marijuana law. Douglas said that, "To ease suffering is commendable, but to crusade for legalization of an addictive, destructive and dangerous drug is contemptible." I personally think it's contemptible for our elected officials to spread lies, propaganda, and ignorance.