As Nebraska state lawmakers consider a bill to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts is using scare tactics in his campaign against the measure. During a public appearance on Wednesday, Ricketts said that cannabis will “kill your children” despite the fact that cannabis has never been credibly linked to a fatal overdose.
“This is a dangerous drug that will impact our kids. If you legalize marijuana, you’re gonna kill your kids,” Ricketts said. “That’s what the data shows around the country. Don’t legalize marijuana in the state of Nebraska.”
To back his ridiculous claim, Ricketts cited the federal government’s placement of marijuana in Schedule 1 under the Controlled Substances Act along with heroin, a designation that is supposed to apply only to drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high propensity for addiction. Ricketts added that the legalization of medical marijuana is a “dangerous” attempt to circumvent the normal drug approval process.
“Big pot, big marijuana is a big industry,” Ricketts said. “This is a big industry that is trying not to be regulated, to go around the regulatory process. And that’s going to put people at risk: when you go around regulations that