Listen: Marijuana, Minnesota, Governor Dayton discussed on Justice and Drew
"Of dollars. Going to people that don't qualify for the basic public programs that they're getting money from and this administration had zero interest in getting serious in stopping that waste fraud and abuse. Well, and I think any discussion of the Mark Dayton legacy. You know, also has to talk about his personal health because I think that that his health definitely impacted how he was able to carry out his duties as governor I think that his health definitely impacted how he was able to negotiate with members of the house and Senate very famously in two thousand seventeen about three quarters of the way through his annual state of the state. Mark Dayton, positive take a drink of water his words than slurred in his head slowly slumped down and reading from the article and banged loudly on the house speaker's rostrum before he collapsed, and that was something that was a little bit of a unifying time for house Senate and executive staff because everybody at that point was very afraid for for his personal health. It was I actually. Was was listening and making air quotes on the radio to the state of the state via Twitter that night and to having to kind of ascertain whether whether this was a Twitter hoax that people were saying that the governor Dayton passed out you were there. Yeah. I was fifteen or twenty feet away. When the collapse was obviously, very scary inside the chamber. To a Senator and a house member both a physician and a paramedic rushed to his hate. Immediately is obviously a state patrol tale was there immediately. He clearly the governor was in was in poor health at that point. There was in the following days that he announced. His battle with cancer. And then there were previous surgeries. Now. Those the recent set of surgeries two spinal surgeries that did not go. Well. And then had a month long hospitalization in the ICU unit. Where it's my understanding. The governor was very hill for many weeks and contrary to protocol and law. The speaker of the house the Senate majority leader and the Lieutenant governor governor or never notified of the governor's condition. And so that's troubling. That's very very troubling. Yeah. And you know, from the outside, even even as, you know, just kind of, you know, someone who is interested in political science, you know, in a in a in a macro sense. It was amazing that this was kept secret. I mean, he was down. He was down at mayo and he had complications from surgery, and he was in the intensive care unit. His kidneys were failing his lungs were filling up with blood. He was down there for more than forty days. He's wired to an oxygen tank and nobody knew and it and it was on purpose. I mean, I mean there I mean, I don't know if subterfuges too strong of a word, but you know, because you know, his Lieutenant governor. Is a Republican due to his his appointment his appointment of Tina Smith to to to Franken's vacated Senate seat. You know, his his Lieutenant governor was a Republican, which means that if transfer of power would have appropriately happened, then there would have been complete Republican control of government. And I'm not saying that you guys would have even gone forward with a special session and shenanigans. I don't think that would have happened. I don't think you could have in those under that circumstance. It would have been very poorly received. I think by the people of Minnesota. So the lack of trust the lack of belief in the humanity of of his of his compatriots and the government led to them essentially making it seem in weekend at Bernie's scenario that governor Dayton was still, you know, manning, the helm of state government went in when in truth, you know, he was you know, very very ill incapacitated. And he was leaving it up to unelected members of his administration to run government. Yeah. And I'll be interested to see. Where are the reporters what their data practice requests for the executive staff of the governor's office emails and phone records for that six week period. What were the discussion? They were having via Email and text message behind the scenes because clearly there was an organized effort to keep this information from the public and to continue to illegally run state government from an IT group. We assume of non elected staff members doing things as if they had been elected by state of five and a half billion people. Surprises, anywhere. You'll learn about that one today. I don't know what the procedure was there. But. Sometimes people do things with full knowledge you play that again only because I am. So absolutely flabbergasted that not only would it happen. But then governor Dayton would come out and admit I remember when when for a good thirty seven seconds the media ask some tough questions about. Yes. Governor dangerous bounce was this is the fact that Minnesotans, and no was the media's fault for their lack of intellectual curiosity. Yeah. I mean, it's just it's astounding so neck, okay? So looking back over the last eight years, what have been kind of the good things that have come out over the last eight years. What are the things that we can kind of hang our hat on saying that, you know, under undercover Dayton's? Under his governorship. You know? These are the things that we got done that have been good for the state of Minnesota. I think I don't know that it's because of his leadership I think under under it's always despite as his leadership, I think you can look back at the huge progress Minnesota's made and funding road and bridge construction through both cash portions of the bills and the quarters of commerce program that David Fitzsimmons in the house helped up help start in twenty in two thousand thirteen on you look at the third lanes on I ninety four four ninety four. The huge construction projects that will happen in my district turning 169 into a freeway. The the progress onto highway ten coming up through an Okaka rapid to Ramsey identifying these corridors. Where traffic entanglements was interfering with commerce and the ability to move goods and services that is an area that I think you could point to and say that was accomplished while the governor. Was was an office and without putting forth a gas tax increase. What about medical marijuana? I think I think we're in the early stages of of medical cannabis I voted for the medical cannabis pill. I spoke in favor of that. It was a co author of it. I would put this as a as a thing that got done despite governor Dame if you remember the debate around medical marijuana, the famous interjection of the governor at the time is when he told the mother of a sick child to quote, unquote, will you can buy that on the street corner. Absolutely. Hey, encouraged a mother of a sick and dying child to buy marijuana from a drug dealer on the corner of a straight it. So that was the governor's contribution. He was against it. He went against it. He was a kiss medical marijuana. And then forcing one legally buying it. And then eventually he signed the Bill there was a leadership there. He certainly wasn't the tip of the spear that is another public policy that happened in the state of Minnesota despite coveting now once we. You know, legalized medical cannabis that of course, set us up as a state for kind of the next debate, which is going to be which is going to be legalization of recreational marijuana. The commercialization of of marijuana in our next segment after our next break. We're going to be talking to Ken winters and Kim. Famous from smart approaches to marijuana Minnesota about what to expect in the debate. That's coming up. But that was something that I don't know why was there ever a recreational marijuana vote on the house or Senate floor? During your time. Oh, I don't know. I know there's been bills. I know our efforts have labeling had a Bill in the house. I believe Mike Freiberg. I don't quote me on that one. There was there was another Bill on the house. Side for legalizing recreational marijuana. Although I don't know if we ever voted on an amendment or on a Bill that I'd have to look back, but we're gonna have the experts in here in studio very soon, but you know, across the across the country, you know, other jurisdictions are legalizing and commercializing marijuana. And we are you know, when when our decisions come up in the state of Minnesota, our decisions are going to be a little bit more informed than some of these other areas because we're going to be able to look at Colorado, California, look at Oregon and kind of see, you know, did this work were promises made promises capped. And I think that what you hear is going on in these other jurisdictions as far as great tax windfalls that are coming to these organizations are not in not exactly true. And certainly like I said we will have the gentlemen in here to talk about this in a few minutes. But but. But what we're finding is that a lot of times the tax revenues like in California are very depressed on what they were projected what we're finding is that people are complaining of regulation, which is making the commercialization effort, not really be viable what we're finding is. I can Colorado where I believe that, you know, four dollars are being spent by the government for every one dollar taking in because of other residual issues that are coming from it. So I think that this is going to be something that I think some people are the right and left because you'll marijuana something where you kind of get the libertarians saying, hey, it's good. And you get the y'all some people in left saying, hey, you know, legalize it. So the coalition is there of the right and left, but I think that as they learn more about this. They're going to be a little surprised that it's not quite the slam dunk decision that they think it's going to be well as people reach out to me a lot. Time. We hear his Goulet, Colorado, California and capitalize on the tax windfall. That comes with legalizing and then taxing and regulating marijuana industry, our market within your state. And the numbers, quite frankly. Just don't bear that out. The tax receipts. Just aren't there in the states that have done this? Those are the the thriving black market. Hey, because it is unregulated and therefore on taxed, and so then you have this societal implications of, hey. Mass production and introduction of a controlled substance society without the revenue boost to manage that. That hip packed. And so that becomes pretty significant pretty quickly my approach to this has always been one of these minutes on a dozen to be the first to market on this one. We can let a lot of states figure this out before we know the best way forward. Okay. We're going to get into this in much greater detail. After the break just wanted to remind everybody that in the eight o'clock hour, we will be giving away. 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