Pubdate: Thu, 08 Feb 2007 Source: Winona Daily News (MN) Copyright: 2007 Winona Daily News Contact: http://www.winonadailynews.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/3177 Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v07/n120/a09.html Author: Deb Roschen SEN. MURPHY, YOU MUST BE JOKING Kudos to Sen. Steve Murphy for being in touch with the real needs of District 28! Forget about the education disparity, high taxes or roads. Murphy keeps busy authoring a bill to legalize the medical use of marijuana. Who voted for this guy? As a self-proclaimed substance abuser himself, I thought Murphy would have realized this bill is nothing more than a Pandora's box. I read the bill. There is page after page of applicability and restrictions. Is it safe to assume that Murphy will need to create more government jobs to monitor the use and sale of "illegal drugs" in Minnesota? He should consider the release of drug dealers to monitor the sale of this new "illegal" miracle drug. They are certainly qualified, and it would free up space in our already over-crowded prisons. The bill also reads, users can have 12 plants upon possessing a "registration card." Gee, is it possible people will make a business pirating these registration cards? Is it also possible unethical doctors in Minnesota will misuse the prescription of this illegal drug? And by the way, are you certain teens will never raid parent's medicine cabinets and share this miracle drug at school? Does Minnesota have enough prison space, lawyers and law enforcement ready for when legislators endorse illegal drug use? The best line in the bill states that a registered patient cannot operate any motor vehicle while under the influence. However, a registered patient shall not be considered under the influence solely for having marijuana metabolites in their system. The courts are going to love interpreting this one. The message to youth is clear: Just say "no" to illegal drugs, unless you live in Minnesota. Murphy you must be "toking"! Ooops, I mean "joking." Deb Roschen Zumbro Falls, Minn.