Current Events, Politics

Is Michele Bachmann Being Truthful About Medical Marijuana?


The Roots Don’t Trust Michele Bachmann; Do You?

by Morgan Fox
November 22, 2011

Early this morning on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann walked onto the stage to be interviewed. As she entered, Fallon’s house band and hip-hop icons The Roots played the beginning of a song by the legendary band Fishbone. While I won’t repeat the title of the song here, it seems to suggest that the Roots … do not think she is a truthful person.

Back in 2009, the Minnesota Legislature passed a medical marijuana bill that was immediately vetoed by then-governor Tim Pawlenty. At the time, Bachmann was a U.S. Congresswoman. One would assume that she was paying attention to the important issues within her state during this period, especially one as contentious as medical marijuana.

Here is a recent video from Jason Karimi, asking the candidate what she would do if another state, such as Iowa, were to allow medical marijuana:

Read the Marijuana Policy Project’s full take on Bachmann’s answer here.

In my opinion, Bachmann is playing politics, Obama style: avoid the issues, and stick to rhetoric! Before asking Bachmann directly about medical marijuana, I asked one of her state campaign co-chairs, Senator Brad Zaun, if he would comment on Bachmann’s position on medical marijuana. As you can see in the picture below, my question was simply ignored.

Bachmann's Iowa Campaign Co-Chairman, Senator Brad Zaun, declined to comment when asked about Bachmann's stance on medical marijuana.

It seems that getting Michele Bachmann to take a stance on medical marijuana will be as tough as getting an answer from Herman Cain, who finally came out in support of states rights to enact medical marijuana laws last week. Cain was originally asked about medical marijuana three months ago at the Ames Straw Poll, where he bid me good day and ignored the question.

The fact that Bachmann admittedly hasn’t thought through all the issues she’ll face as president should be a sign to voters. To her credit, she did promise to “think it through” and give me an answer…eventually…but will she hold true to this promise? And even if she does eventually answer…why is somebody running for President if they don’t even bother to think about the issues they’ll face?

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