The advocates of medical marijuana wiped their eyes and came out swinging hard Tuesday in this anti-Gov. Mark Dayton ad campaign.
It features Angela Garin of St. Paul and her five-year son Paxton, who suffers daily from seizures. Garin is one of several mothers in recent months who've rallied for legislation that would allow their children to medicate with liquids containing CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana that's been effective in preventing child seizures.
"I heard medical marijuana could help and we tried it," Garin says of a recent family trip to Oregon, adding that the boy's seizures then went down by 88 percent. Then she goes on to describe her shock at Dayton's hesitation to endorse a medical marijuana distribution system without the support of the state's top cops and prosecutors.
"My family deserves better," she says. "Minnesota deserves better."
When reached for comment, Dayton's press secretary, Matt Swenson, released the following statement: "They have every right to express their views; that is what democracy is all about."
Last week, the so-called Minnesota mommy lobby held a weepy press conference in which they blasted Dayton for his position that marijuana first go through costly trials at the Mayo Clinic and for statements the governor made suggesting that they -- and not he -- were impeding meaningful reform.
Dayton responded by saying he's been wrongly portrayed as a sole barrier, citing several public health officials and statewide associations that share his skepticism on the plant's medicinal value.
The Marijuana Policy Project, which produced the commercial, disagrees:
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Bob Capecchi, a spokesman for MPP, tells us that the Washington-based nonprofit spent $10,000 between production and airtime that runs through April 9.
The commercial opens tonight on Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. It's also supposed to make the rounds of Good Morning America, Ellen, and the View, among daytime slots others.
The commercial is intended only as a critique of the governor's handling of this particular issue, which has vast majority support from the populace and his own party, Capecchi says. MPP wrote the prospective medical marijuana bill in Minnesota, and factored in the experience of other states in figuring out the best safety measures and controls.
By no means is the bill radical, Capecchi says: "It should be non-controversial to support."