“This can be a harmful drug that may influence our children,” Ricketts told reporters on Wednesday. “When you legalize marijuana, you’re gonna kill your children. That’s what the information reveals from across the nation.”
When requested what information Ricketts was referring to, a spokesman directed USA TODAY to 2 studies that found an increase in marijuana use amongst teenagers who died by suicide in states that had legalized the drug. In his remarks Wednesday, Ricketts cited two instances the place younger males who died by suicide had eaten hashish edibles.
Correlation ≠ causation. However, no matter.
I’m certain a number of younger males who died by suicide additionally ate Skittles and listened to unhealthy political sizzling takes from clueless anti-pot fossils, however that doesn’t imply there’s a hyperlink.
The problem has come up once more as a result of the Nebraska legislature is contemplating legalizing hashish for medical causes, however even this new progressive measure would limit use to oils, tinctures, and drugs, whereas sustaining a prohibition on smoking weed.
Nonetheless, Ricketts doesn’t prefer it—no, not one bit:
“Massive pot, massive marijuana is a giant trade,” Ricketts mentioned. “This a giant trade that’s attempting to not be regulated, to go across the regulatory course of. And that is going to place individuals in danger: whenever you go round laws which can be designed for the well being and security of our society.”
The governor even went as far as to quote hashish’ Schedule I classification, which took place in 1970 as a consequence of the Managed Substances Act. In different phrases, Congress, not scientists, determined—in 1970, when Reefer Insanity was actually hitting its stride—that weed was simply as harmful as heroin.
Spoiler alert: it isn’t.
Final yr, the Nebraska Supreme Court docket eliminated a legalization referendum from the poll after ruling it violated the state structure’s “single-subject rule.”
State Sen. Anna Wishart, a Democrat who launched the most recent pro-cannabis invoice, says if the invoice fails to cross, a brand new petition drive can be launched to get one other referendum on the poll.
In the meantime, Erik Altieri, govt director of the Nationwide Group for the Reform of Marijuana Legal guidelines (NORML), advised USA At this time, “Governor Ricketts’ feedback are so outlandish that they border on pure parody. Upon seeing them, I needed to examine my calendar to verify it was nonetheless 2021, and never 1950. His claims will not be backed up by science or the real-world expertise of the over a dozen states which have already legalized marijuana for grownup use, they appear to exist solely in his troubled creativeness.”
Nicely, on the subject of the GOP, it’s at all times 1950 someplace, now isn’t it? Or is that “4:20”?
Who is aware of? My reminiscence isn’t fairly what it was.
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