During an online town hall on Thursday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) stated that not only is she against marijuana legalization, she is against medical marijuana as well.
While being against recreational cannabis legalization isn’t an uncommon position among politicians, Governor Fallin’s reasoning is particularly lame and lacking any real thought.
I realize it’s cool in this day and age to be in touch with your feelings, but when did politicians start governing that way? What happened to facts, figures, studies, debate? The “gateway theory” she is referring to in her unique, “I haven’t really studied this issue at all” way has been dis-proven so many times in so many ways that the fact that some still trot it out as a valid argument is mind-boggling.
So you can imagine how sound her reasoning is behind her opposition to medical marijuana, an issue every poll shows with at least 70% approval.
“I just am afraid there’d be too much abuse with medical marijuana if it were legalized in the state of Oklahoma, and I just can’t support that,” she said.
Let’s get beyond the fact that Gov. Fallin is quite emotional and seems to govern with her feelings and her fears. Where would we be if we followed the advice of people like her and banned everything based on the potential for “abuse?”
Under her logic, sick people can’t have the option of medical cannabis because someone who isn’t sick might abuse it. So she should be in favor of banning all pharmaceutical drugs, unhealthy foods, cars and other dangerous machines…the list could go on and on. All these things have potential for “abuse,” yet we allow adults the option of choosing what’s best for them. We don’t deny millions of people cars because thousands of them drive recklessly or aggressively.
On top of all that, the only “abuse” possible with cannabis is getting really high. The cannabis plant cannot kill you. But all the things I mentioned above certainly can if not handled correctly.
I’m normally not this blunt, but the Governor of Oklahoma is an unmitigated buffoon. How someone with this level of intelligence can even hold a job – much less become governor of an actual state – is beyond comprehension.