Tim Pawlenty on Drugs
Republican MN Governor
Legalizing marijuana is unneeded & unwise
Pawlenty opposed a 2006 bill in the Minnesota
Legislature that would have legalized marijuana for limited medical uses, calling it an "unneeded and unwise" proposal.
Source: Sam`s Club Republican, p.65, Minnesota Voting Records AB740
, May 10, 2010
Vetoed 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; passed Senate 38-28-1 on May 18; vetoed by Gov. Pawlenty on May 22
Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: SF 97
, May 22, 2009
Tougher penalties for meth offenders
Proposed and signed the most comprehensive crime bill in modern Minnesota history, including:
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial website, www.timpawlenty.com, “Issues”
, Nov 7, 2006
- Tougher penalties for meth offenders, more resources to enforce meth laws and aggressive restrictions on methamphetamine-making materials plus
strict new standards to clean up meth sites.
- Combined and strengthened the Gang and Drug Strike Forces.
- Introduced America’s most secure, tamper-resistant driver’s licenses.
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