“This is a dangerous drug that will impact your kids,” the Republican told reporters last Wednesday.
“If you legalise marijuana, you’re going to kill your kids. That’s what the data shows from around the country.”
These claims have been met with ridicule from local politicians:
When asked to substantiate these claims, a representative for Nebraska’s governor directed USA Today to “two studies that found in an increase in marijuana use among teens who had died by suicide in states that had legalised the drug”.
These cited cases were two teens who had killed themselves and had eaten cannabis edibles.
A report by the DEA in 2017 noted that “no deaths from overdose of marijuana have been reported”.
Erik Altieri from The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws told USA Today: “His claims are not backed up by science or the real-world experience of the over a dozen states which have already legalized marijuana for adult use, they seem to exist only in his troubled imagination.”
The state is trying to pass legislation to allow healthcare professionals to prescribe the substance. Under the proposed rules, smoking the drug would be banned but oils, pills and tinctures will be permitted.
Ricketts believes that this process is an attempt to bypass the need for federal approval on drugs. He said: “This a big industry that is trying to not to be regulated, to go around the regulatory process. And that’s going 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.”
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