Minnesota Republican State Senator Warren Limmer was widely mocked after he tried to claim two ounces of marijuana is the equivalent of "three joints" as the state debated legalizing the drug for recreational use.
The state Senate voted on the issue, with Republicans rejecting the proposed legislation that would have allowed residents aged 21 and older to purchase up to two ounces of cannabis flower, eight grams of concentrate, or 800 milligrams of edible products. Adults would also be permitted to grow up to eight cannabis plants at home.
The proposed bills, which had previously passed through the state House, are now set to go before a conference committee for further discussion.
Limmer was particularly vocal in his opposition to the legislation, taking issue with several of its key provisions. Speaking on Friday, Limmer claimed that "two ounces, just two ounces is equivalent to three joints."
You can hear what he said in the video below.
"Now I’ve seen some of the videos of DEA raids, some of these plants are 8 and 10 feet tall, you can have eight of ’em, you can have a privacy fence made of these products in your backyard.”
“Two ounces, just two ounces is equivalent to three joints.”
Limmer's claim has been called into question, with experts noting that the amount of marijuana he claimed would be contained in a single joint is significantly higher than the average amount found in University of Pennsylvania research—just .32 grams per joint.
Many have mocked the lawmaker's claim as a result.
Republicans have been staunch opponents of marijuana legalization efforts in Minnesota, citing concerns over public safety and the potential for increased drug use.
However, supporters of the legislation argue that legalization would generate significant tax revenue for the state and reduce the burden on law enforcement officials.