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DFL embraces legalization of recreational marijuana at our peril


September 9, 2019

Ted S. Warren • Associated Press

The legalization movement has reasserted itself, which is a bad move, the author writes.

The Democratic Party is at its best when it stands up for children's well-being. It's at its worst when its libertarian impulses trump that vital value. (That's true of the Republican Party, too.)

Former Gov. Mark Dayton admirably stood up for children's well-being by opposing the libertarian impulse to legalize recreational marijuana. Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Dayton's former commissioner of health, spoke out on the dangers of pot on these pages ("For medical use? Yes. Open adult use? Not yet," Feb. 28) and in legislative testimony, swinging key votes against legalization.


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