Want To Know Why Marijuana Is Illegal? Ask Governor John Lynch (Or Ask Your Own Governor)

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 10, 2009

    In May I blogged under the headline “Want To Know Why Pot Is Illegal? Ask Your Governor” in response to Minnesota Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty’s decision to veto legislation that would have granted terminally ill patients the legal option to possess and use (but not grow) medicinal cannabis. It wasn’t the first time I’d written such a post and it won’t be last.

    Earlier this week I criticized Hawaii Republican Governor Linda Lingle for her refusal to approve legislation that merely sought to study “issues relating to medical cannabis patients and current medical cannabis laws.” Today we can add New Hampshire Democrat (just in case any of you out there are under the illusion that marijuana intolerance is not bipartisan) Gov. John Lynch to the list of public officials who single-handedly stand in the way of cannabis law reform.

    Governor Lynch, as many expected, vetoed legislation that would have allowed qualified patients  who had not responded to prescribed medications to possess and use (but not grow) medicinal cannabis. Lawmakers added the controversial, last-minute restrictions to the bill in an effort to gain the Governor’s support. Yet despite their best efforts, Gov. Lynch insisted upon placing political ideology before the health and welfare of his constituents.

    For those keeping score at home, Governor Lynch’s veto (which state lawmakers will attempt to override) marks the fourth time this year that a state governor has rejected a marijuana law reform measure. And why did Gov. Lynch take the action he did? I’ll let him explain:

    “I recognize that the sponsors of this legislation, and the members of the conference committee, worked hard to attempt to address the concerns raised about this legislation. … However, after consulting with representatives of the appropriate state agencies and law enforcement officials, I believe this legislation still has too many defects to move forward.”

    To translate: Cops and my Attorney General hate the notion of anyone — even the terminally ill — possessing the option to use cannabis legally under state law, and I will continue to kowtow to these special interests even if it means my constituents will have to suffer because of my ignorant and callous decision.

    Like I said before: Want To Know Why Pot Is Illegal? Ask Your Governor.

    116 responses to “Want To Know Why Marijuana Is Illegal? Ask Governor John Lynch (Or Ask Your Own Governor)”

    1. rev.420 says:

      Just called and told him that every time he hears a person has died from an illness mmj can help and every time he hears of a death from prescription drugs he can live with the fact HE VETOED THE ONLY!! MEDICINE WITH NO OVERDOSE DEATHS!

    2. The New Hampshire bill won a veto-overriding majority in the House and was two votes shy in the Senate before they tinkered with the bill. The people of the state also approved of the bill by a supermajority.

      As Rhode Island has proven three times now, when you have the political will and majorities and popular support, you can go around an ideologically obstinate governor. They will have people growing their own medicine AND shopping at non-profit dispensaries, despite FOUR gubernatorial vetoes (three were overriden).

    3. Jeremy R. says:

      Hey if they are against the cause i say do not vote for them when election time comes this will show that we the people have the power to vote them into office and we the same people have the right to not to vote them into office. I say let them be examples and make sure they do not get re-elected.

    4. Damian Neuhoff says:

      Another Lame Duck in the death throws of late term politcal office unable to stop pandering and glad handing. Reason and openess will garner more popularity and support for future endeavors than towing the line of failed policy and shurking public sentiment.

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    6. gordon says:

      this pisses me off..

    7. Wilmer says:

      I’m a patient in Florida, and it is because of the law enforcement and state agencies that I am afraid to ask my Governor. Private prisons must make a profit right? You can’t afford to privately own it if you can’t pay taxes, I guess.

    8. Jeedi says:

      “…after consulting with representatives of the appropriate state agencies and law enforcement officials…”

      NORML has said it before: why are they calling cops and politicians about a medical issue? Can’t some sharp lawyer show that these people make their decisions based on inappropriate ‘experts’ that lead to sick people suffering or being denied medical help?

      These law makers should be consulting DOCTORS and other medical professionals on the merits of medical marijuana.

      Vote these irresponsible politicians out!

    9. Norman Lepoff, M.D. ret. says:

      This man is a total disgrace and should leave office!

    10. ryan mo fo gross says:

      hahaha i love it