Minnesota GOP Says Keep Weed Illegal to Save K-9 Jobs
MINNESOTA GOP UNSUCCESSFULLY ARGUES AGAINST LEGALIZING WEED TO SAVE POLICE DOG JOBS
Weed. Marijuana. Mary Jane. It’s always been a part of our culture, if not all cultures. But in the West, it’s been demonized as a gateway drug, a moral failure, and has resulted in the mass incarceration of countless people, most of whom are minorities. And this has been true for so long that most of us have forgotten weed’s vilification as a racist rant, I particular to protect white women from black men. But most of those days are gone as weed becomes legal in more US states. So it’s somewhat outrageous that the Minnesota GOP is arguing to keep weed illegal to protect….. K-9 jobs.
THE DEMONIZATION OF WEED IS OVER, SO EMPTY ARGUMENTS LIKE SAVING POLICE DOG JOBS IS ALL THAT’S LEFT
Morality is no longer a bellwether for disdaining weed. And the (direct) racist card is no longer on the table. And science? The science that “proved” the dangers of weed was never accurate, and has been thoroughly debunked. So what is the poor Minnesota GOP to do? Talk about how the state needs to keep weed illegal in order to protect police dog jobs. Now if that isn’t the tail wagging the dog I don’t know what is. Seriously. Police canine unemployment is the best they could come up with? It’s enough to make you wonder just how little ammunition is left in topical culture wars for American conservatives.
MINNESOTA LEGALIZES WEED DESPITE SCARY POSSIBILITY POLICE DOG JOBS COULD BE AFFECTED
Not enough, certainly. Because the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill legalizing non-medical cannabis for ages 21+ by a vote of 71-59. But Rep. Brian Johnson raised the alarm, saying “I did not see anything reading through the bill dealing with our K-9 units. Can you tell me how much money is in this bill to help defer the cost to our counties and police departments for the cost of the retirement of the dogs?” Fortunately, not enough of his peers took the argument seriously, as police dogs who retire tend to simply go home with a human partner at the end of their tour.
Weed is here, and it’s here to stay. And states like Minnesota have major tax dollars in their eyes.