Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts’ latest kooky cannabis comments should come as no surprise. He’s aggressively opposed efforts to legalize medical marijuana in his state for several years.
At the State Capitol in Lincoln on March 10, Ricketts spoke against LB 474, the Adopt the Medicinal Cannabis Act. He was introduced by Dr. John Kuehn, co-chair of Smart Approaches to Marijuana Nebraska.
Last September, the Nebraska Supreme Court blocked the measure from being on the ballot because of a technicality.
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“The idea that we want to go around the way we normally approve drugs is dangerous. And there’s three things you need to know about this. See, normally when we take a drug and make sure that it’s safe and effective for what ailments, for what doses, for what side effects, it goes through the Food and Drug Adminstration, right? You can take a look at the vaccines that have gone through that process to be able to fight the pandemic, and that process can be done in a short period of time.
“But what proponents of legalizing marijuana want to do, they want to go around this process. The three things you need to know about this is Big Pot, Big Marijuana is a big industry. These are companies that are often owned by tobacco companies, like Altria or Imperial Brands. So this is a big industry that’s trying not to be regulated. They’re trying 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 second thing you have