Tina Liebling on Drugs
War on drugs failed; end prohibition & use pot responsibly
The war on drugs has failed--costing Minnesota taxpayers too much and destroying too many lives. It's time to remove the prohibition on personal use of cannabis and treat addiction as an illness, not a crime.
Cannabis is not harmless, but prohibition
of cannabis has not worked and has also caused many unintended, harmful consequences. Minnesotans spend perhaps $700 million per year on illegal cannabis, which they buy without knowing the purity of what they buy. Cannabis prohibition also contributes
to racial disparities in our state as it fills expensive prison beds with people who do not belong there. Without prohibition we could do a better job keeping cannabis away from children and educating our population on how to use it responsibly and with
regard to the rights of others.
Minnesotans should have the opportunity to decide whether to legalize personal use of cannabis under a careful system of regulation and taxation. Law enforcement should have a voice on drug policy, but never a veto.
Source: 2018 Minnesota governor campaign website TinaLiebling.com
, May 2, 2017
Establish rules for medical marijuana
Legislative Summary: A bill providing for medical cannabis registry program; establishing duties of patients, health care practitioners, and manufacturer of medical cannabis; establishing fees; requiring impact assessment of medical
cannabis therapeutic research.
- "Disqualifying felony offense" means a violation of a state or federal controlled substance law that would be a felony if committed in Minnesota.
- "Health care practitioner" means a licensed doctor or advanced
practice registered nurse, who has the primary responsibility for the treatment of a person diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition.
- "Medical cannabis" means any species of the cannabis plant, or any mixture or preparation of them, including
resins, liquids, oils, pills, or vaporized delivery method.
Legislative Outcome: Rep. Tina Liebling voted YEA; passed Senate 46-16-5, April 24; passed House 89-40-5, May 9; signed by Gov. Dayton, May 29
Source: Minnesota Legislative voting records on SF 2470
, May 9, 2014
Voted YES on legalizing medical marijuana
Legislative Summary: Providing for the medical use of marijuana in the treatment of debilitating medical conditions:
Veto letter: While I am very sympathetic to those dealing with end-of-life illnesses and accompanying pain, I stand with law enforcement in opposition to this legislation. Marijuana poses serious public safety and health risks.
Legalized medicinal use could serve to compound these problems.
- Legally protecting qualified patients and primary caregivers for limited amounts in possession
- Issuing registry
identification cards to qualifying patients, primary suppliers, and treatment facilities
- Requiring criminal history background checks of primary caregivers before issuance of a registry identification card
- Sunset provision (automatic expiration of
Legislative Outcome: Passed House 70-64-1 on May 18; Rep. Tina Liebling voted YES; passed Senate 38-28-1 on May 18; vetoed by Gov. Pawlenty on May 22
Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: SF 97
, May 18, 2009
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