It seems like you don’t need much to get enough votes to be a governor these states, at least and high IQ is not one of the requirements. Despite no records of anyone ever overdosing on cannabis or the plant ever killing anyone, the governor of Nebraska is claiming that marijuana legalization will kill the children.
Pete Ricketts opposes the legalization of medical marijuana in his state, which is fine, but is warning to parents that the substance will “kill your kids” could not be more wrong and unsubstantiated.
“This is a dangerous drug that will impact our kids,” the Republican governor said on Wednesday. “If you legalize marijuana, you’re gonna kill your kids. That’s what the data shows from around the country.”
The CDC has said that a fatal overdose from marijuana is very unlikely and might even be almost impossible.
Ricketts held a press conference last week to rail against a bill that would only make marijuana legal if it were recommended by a health care practitioner, come in oil form, pills, or tinctures. Additionally, the legislation would not make smoking marijuana, even in the privacy of a patient’s home, legal.
Ricketts said the legalization movement is nothing but the marijuana industry trying to go around federal regulations at the state level.
“Big pot, big marijuana is a big industry. This a big industry that is trying not to be regulated, to go around the regulatory process. And that’s going to put people at risk: when you go around regulations that are designed for the health and safety of our society,” the governor said.
Democratic State Senator, Anna Wishart, who introduced the bill, called out the governor’s claims on Twitter writing that “facts matter.”
“There are few things in this world that won’t kill you if you do or take too much. The cannabis plant is one of those. Facts matter,” Wishart wrote. Another Democratic local lawmaker also took to Twitter calling what Ricketts said a non-starter.
“It’s really hard to have a reasonable conversation with someone like this,” State Sen. Adam Morfeld tweeted.