Minnesota residents may be interested in the recent comments of Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom on the potential legalization of medical marijuana within the state. At a Nov. 20 news conference in West St. Paul, Mr. Backstrom reiterated his opposition to the legalization of the drugs for medicinal purposes. Joined by Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows, Mr. Backstrom said he has great sympathy for those who suffer from pain and illnesses that are said to helped by marijuana. However, he continued that he did not believe that legal medical marijuana was in the best interests of the state.
Mr. Backstrom said that recent experiences by states that have legalized medical marijuana show that the negatives of the drug outweigh any benefits. He said that Colorado has seen a spike in intoxicated driving under the influence after the state legalized the possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes. He also said it is likely that the drug will end up in the hands of a young person or someone who isn't suffering from pain or illness.