The five legislative candidates from District 31 engaged in a forum Tuesday night at Black Hills State Univ. at Spearfish. Here is the pertinent part of the story from the Pioneer:
•••••••••••••••The final question asked for the candidates’ opinion on Initiated Measure 13, which will legalize medicinal marijuana. While all of the candidates mentioned personal experiences with friends or family who experienced painful illness or disease who may or may not have benefited from such a measure, they had mixed feelings about it.
[House Candidate Kevin] O’Dea, [Rep. Fred] Romkema and [Rep. Chuck] Turbiville said they will vote no on the measure. Because of the broadness of the measure’s language, as well as the problems they have heard from other states that have legalized it, the three said that they will not support the measure.
[Sen. Tom] Nelson said that he felt that the measure is strict enough and he will vote yes.
[Senatoral Candidate Nyla] Griffith said that she really would like to legalize marijuana for medical use, but she said that she needs to do some more research about the regulations before she can say for sure how she will vote.
Newland's comments: O'Dea, Romkema, and Turbiville demonstrate that they have neither read the text of Measure 13 nor done any investigation into the "problems" in other states, which exist largely because law enforcement will not enforce the laws as written.
Someday, one or more of them may have an opportunity presented to them by their own experience with cancer or MS. We'll see then how "mixed" their feelings are.
Nyla Griffith's comments are just plain goofy. She and her husband Tom were the ad agency that represented the medical marijuana measure on the ballot in 2006. I think she just did not want to agree with her opponent, Tom Nelson, on ANYTHING.