Dayton denies telling mother of sick child to buy marijuana illegally

Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday denied that he told the mother of a sick child to buy marijuana illegally to help care for her son.

The allegation was made this week by a supporter of medical marijuana who met privately with Dayton. On Wednesday, Jessica Hauser of Woodbury said the governor suggested she buy marijuana for her son on the street, or in another state. 

Dayton responded on Wednesday to Hauser’s comment by saying: “I cannot, and I do not, advocate breaking the law,” he said. “But as a father, I understand parents who would do anything possible to help their children.”

Today, Dayton told reporters that Hauser’s claim was untrue, but declined to say what was said during the meeting.

“I’ve said all I’m going to say about medical marijuana,” Dayton said. “You had statements. You asked questions. I’ll give you another statement. I’m just not going to discuss it further.”

Dayton later said that he considered medical marijuana a medical issue and noted the Minnesota Medical Association, Minnesota Psychiatric Association, the Minnesota Epilepsy Association and social service providers are all opposed to the legalization of marijuana. 

Dayton has been criticized for opposing legalizing marijuana to be used as medicine.

He put forward a plan that would pay the Mayo Clinic to conduct a study of the effectiveness of the drug for children with epilepsy. Parents with sick children said the study wouldn’t help them and criticized Dayton for proposing the study as “political cover.”

Dayton said he thinks it’s hard to be “vilified” for accusations that he lacks compassion on the issue.

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  • Joe

    Mark Dayton comes across to me as a very compassionate man, and on this issue he happened to shoot himself in the foot by being polite. Whatever he happened to say diplomatically about the subject simply points out how ridiculous our laws are on the substance, because any reasonable parent would do anything to get proper treatment for a child in morbid jeopardy. Yes, people should be able to have access to it in stores, just like they have unlimited access on the streets.

  • Mark Dayton DID make the statement on March 13th and the Duluth News Tribune published the story. Also commenting and corroborating, THE ALLEGEDLY DENIED STATEMENT WAS Carly Melin. Attached is a screen shot of a cut and paste excerpt which I posted to my Facebook Timeline March 14th.

    Dayton: Medical marijuana already available on streets
    By Don Davis on Mar 13, 2014 at 10:06 p.m.

    • Storm Crow

      Thank you, Debra! (How do you know when a politician is lying? He is talking!) and run a search for “Granny Storm Crow’s List”- you will like it!

  • Sheldon Gitis

    Gov. Dayton is a classic example of
    those who find it necessary to wage war on predominately low-income
    blacks and hispanics in order to protect people like Gov. Dayton from
    themselves. Dayton is a well to do alcoholic, who will never spend a
    day in prison due to his addictive behavior, who wants to spend
    public funds locking up others who might feed him, and others like
    him, a new vice. Pleading with Mr. Dayton to reform marijuana law is
    an exercise in futility. It’s time put the issue on the ballot.

  • John Landry

    Dayton is on the wrong side of this issue, he needs to admit he was wrong and move toward legalization.

  • Jim G

    Mark Dayton was in a body cast recuperating from hip replacement surgery and possibly he was even on pain medication on the day he invited Hauser and other medical marijuana demonstrators into the Governor’s Mansion. I am sure he was touched by the plight of these families. But what the demonstrators perceived they heard and what Governor Dayton’s sympathetic comment meant to convey can easily be interpreted as a failure to communicate. I believe the Governor sincerely wants to help people. His mistake was asking the medical marijuana proponents into his house in the first place. If I would have been in his place, I would have left them outside on the sidewalk. Of course, he’s the better man because he did not.

  • Amy Garcia

    I am so sick of hearing and seeing this woman whine and complain that she can’t legally purchase pot, a drug with street credibility and that’s all, for her one ill son. If Dayton told her to buy it on the street to shut her up I say “thank you Governor!”! But I KNOW he would not say such a ridiculous thing as the most responsible, attentive, and caring governor we’ve had in a long, long time.

    There is a process to have new drugs approved for medicinal use (btw, it’s not “medical” just because you put that word in front of it!) and it’s not called the state legislature. In fact, I believe there is an entire federal agency (FDA) and pharmaceutical industry devoted to this practice, which spends billions of dollars to prove the effects of their drugs are safe.

    In the meantime, this woman wants to get her son stoned and take the rest of society with her down a very scary path. I don’t mind that she wants to choose to take her son down that path. I do mind that she wants the rest of us to go along with her. And so do the physicians that would have to write the prescriptions for a drug they know little about, and the law officers who would have to attempt to enforce such a ridiculously hard distinction between “acceptable uses” of pot and “not acceptable”. The “rest” simply do purchase marijuana illegally or move to Colorado and she is certainly free to join them.

    • Storm Crow

      Amy, your ignorance of the medical facts is appalling! First off, the type of cannabis used to treat children has virtually no THC in it. The CBD that replaces the THC, is non-psychoactive! NO HIGH! Please read the PubMed study, “Report of a parent survey of a cannabidiol-enriched cannabis use in pediatric treatment-resistant epilepsy” and then run a search for “Epidiolex”. There is an even older study on CBD and epilepsy, “Treatment with CBD in oily solution of drug-resistant paediatric epilepsies” from 2001.

      Sending her to buy on the streets will only get her high THC cannabis- street dealers are not interested in “no high” pot! It would be the WRONG TYPE to help her child! She is NOT interested in getting her child high! She wants CBD that stops the seizures!

      You may see cannabis use as a “scary path”- I see it as replacing FAR more dangerous pharmaceutical drugs with a safe herbal medicine that has been used for thousands of years without a single overdose fatality! Please do not force your DARE-inspired opinions on medicine on the MAJORITY of Americans who are FOR medical legalization! Check the latest polls! 80% in favor of it! YOU are in a rapidly shrinking minority!

      • Amy Garcia

        Well then I’m even more annoyed at this woman for bringing it up without even explaining that apparently unique distinction – implying that as long as marijuana in general is legalized, her son will be o.k. The truth is, we don’t know because it hasn’t been thoroughly studied. What we do know is it a drug and using drugs has consequences – good and bad. Your ignorance of the social implications of legalizing marijuana in general are appallling. I don’t have DARE inspired opinions. I have family members with ruined lives as a result of this drug and that’s all the evidence I need to know this can’t be a one size fits all remedy, whether that leaves me in a minority or not. It might save one life, but it might kill one also. Whose is more important?

        • Storm Crow

          Amy, cannabis is THE most studied herb in the world! Here are just a few of the studies on cannabis and epilepsy! 2001 – “Treatment with CBD in oily solution of drug-resistant paediatric epilepsies” (PubMed) from the abstract- “Conclusions: So far obtained results in our open study appear encouraging for various reasons: 1) no side effects of such a severity were observed as to require CBD discontinuation; 2) in most of the treated children an improvement of the crises was obtained equal to, or higher than, 25% in spite of the low CBD doses administered; 3) in all CBD- treated children a clear improvement of consciousness and spasticity (whenever present) was observed.”

          2004 – “On the application of cannabis in paediatrics and epileptology” from the abstract- “THC effected reduced spasticity, improved dystonia, increased initiative (with low dose), increased interest in the surroundings, and anticonvulsive action.”

          FYI- THC and CBD work in totally different ways- one may be effective, where the other is not. CBD is the obvious first choice for children, but if it fails, other cannabinoids should be tried.

          2013 – “Report of a parent survey of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis use in pediatric treatment-resistant epilepsy (Science Direct) from the abstract – ” Sixteen (84%) of the 19 parents reported a reduction in their child’s seizure frequency while taking cannabidiol-enriched cannabis. Of these, two (11%) reported complete seizure freedom, eight (42%) reported a greater than 80% reduction in seizure frequency, and six (32%) reported a 25–60% seizure reduction. Other beneficial effects included increased alertness, better mood, and improved sleep.”

          And are YOU going to tell all of those mothers that their dying children cannot have this LIFE-SAVING HERB because some of your relatives were fool enough to listen to their multi-drug dealer saying “Try this! It’s even better” and got hooked? Where are YOUR priorities?

          • Amy Garcia

            As I said before, I don’t care what this mother wants to do with her child. I am not a medical doctor and therefore, not the one to tell her or anyone else what’s appropriate treatment for their children. As I stated before, there are processes and agencies in place for approval of new drugs. However, should the issue come before me as a citizen, I will be happy to vote no on legalizing marijuana. And just so you know, as you seem to have preconceived notions of happy-go-lucky drug dealers standing on the corner, my sister had about as much say in suffering a stroke and ending up paralyzed and unable to speak as a result of marijuana as this child did in getting his disease. But, you know, if you’re good with those consequences, as I see you know everything and have done all your research, more power to you. It wasn’t even her use that did the most damage. It was the idiot sitting next to her who thought she was faking it and didn’t call 911 because he was stoned by your favorite miracle drug.

          • Guest

            Amy, by voting no on this you are keeping life saving drugs from children. Shame on you.

    • Joe

      She wants to get her son stoned. It’s a scary path. The slopes on that path are pretty slippery.
      Not acceptable! My way or the highway! No slippery slopes on the highway!

  • PROOF contrary to Governor Mark Dayton’s denial that he told a chronically ill child’s Mom, to purchase street drugs! Here is a partial audio clip of Dayton himself!