The legalization of marijuana is a topic that has been sweeping the nation. Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota just this year approved ballot measures that would make the use of recreational cannabis legal. Others like Maine and Colorado passed laws to legalize recreational and medical use previously.
However, some states are still resisting that change.
Nebraska—a Republican-run or "red" state—is debating the merits of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, a position which governor Pete Ricketts made it clear he's against by outright lying about cannabis' capabilities.
Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-NE): “If you legalize marijuana, you’re gonna kill your kids.” https://t.co/Un9DN2yhtT— The Recount (@The Recount)1615575768.0
"If you legalize marijuana, you're gonna kill your kids. That's what the data shows from around the country, and th… https://t.co/LtewhduZu0— KETV NewsWatch 7 (@KETV NewsWatch 7)1615424627.0
"If you legalize marijuana, you're going to kill your kids. That's what the data shows from around the country," Ricketts erroneously claimed.
Marijuana has been shown to actually be considerably less lethal than most recreational drugs, including alcohol and caffeine.
The erroneous statement has lead to ridicule from Nebraska state senators and others on social media.
It’s really hard to have a reasonable conversation with someone like this. https://t.co/qkkc9s8lqh— Senator Adam Morfeld (@Senator Adam Morfeld)1615434755.0
https://t.co/GNVHHIKTAu— Senator Adam Morfeld (@Senator Adam Morfeld)1615434963.0
There are few things in this world that won’t kill you if you do or take too much. The cannabis plant is one of tho… https://t.co/ossaxz82zd— Senator Anna Wishart (@Senator Anna Wishart)1615505497.0
Pete Ricketts when he sees The People are close to legalizing marijuana https://t.co/e7TFmaOC7C— Bobby Larsen (@Bobby Larsen)1615487053.0
Pete Ricketts when it comes to literally any topic https://t.co/piAiznzRhr— CJ Adamson (@CJ Adamson)1615516021.0
Erik Altieri, a spokesperson for The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, ripped Ricketts' claims.
"His claims are not backed up by science or the real-world experience of the over a dozen states which have already legalized marijuana for adult use, they seem to exist only in his troubled imagination."
Pete Ricketts on the thing he claims kills kids vs Pete Ricketts on the thing that actually kills kids https://t.co/fLGeTjazJN— Ben Finfer (@Ben Finfer)1615577534.0
Marijuana is the most versatile plant on Earth. It’s been used for millennia by humans for medicine, textiles, fue… https://t.co/ZZoKNcMuLJ— The USA Singers (@The USA Singers)1615595841.0
Marijuana doesn’t kill people, Pete Ricketts does🤷🏼♀️— Kaitlin Young (@Kaitlin Young)1615492231.0
Things more likely to kill you than marijuana: - Police enforcing marijuana criminalization - COVID-19 - Our heal… https://t.co/F0AkLLSzpg— Collective for Omaha Youth Liberation (@Collective for Omaha Youth Liberation)1615487686.0
The bill up for debate in Nebraska would not recognize the use of recreational marijuana as legal, but would permit oils, pills and tinctures to be prescribed for medical uses.
This means the chance children would have access to the substance would be very low, if at all.
Pete Ricketts, Nebraska (R) is an idiot and should be belittled for pushing this ridiculously false narrative. https://t.co/BUqnq7vALd— Immortal Technique (@Immortal Technique)1615680699.0
We deserve better leadership, Pete Ricketts probably thinks marijuana is more dangerous than covid. https://t.co/HWECklQ7O9— nebraskalex (@nebraskalex)1615471795.0
If you vote for Pete Ricketts you’re gonna kill your kids. https://t.co/IolU71wtz3— Tom Joad™ (@Tom Joad™)1615619868.0
Just will never understand what weed did to Pete Ricketts. Gonna need to hear that story some time.— connor (@connor)1615427552.0
Ricketts' incorrect moral outrage against marijuana may have an ulterior motive, as he believes marijuana is a "big industry that is trying to not to be regulated, to go around the regulatory process."
The bill moved ahead to a judiciary committee and may be advanced to the Governor's desk by the end of the year.