The Des Moines Register reported that Branstad has “sympathy” for the pleas from Iowans who say they need the drug to relieve pain and suffering, but “he’s not willing to endorse legislation legalizing the drug.”
Branstad told reporters this morning that “widespread abuse” of prescription drugs is one reason the governor won’t legalize marijuana
“He worries that making medical marijuana available to Iowans would only worsen the problem if it winds up in the hands of the wrong people,” the Register said.
Some Iowans immediately fired at the governor’s stance against legalization of the drug.
“Once again… like his son’s handle on a steering wheel, Terry has lost grip,” a Cedar Falls man wrote.
“Disagree!! Prescription Drug abuse leads to Heroin abuse. Pot leads to Munchies,” a Des Moines man wrote.
Another Iowa man said “The only way to stop a bad guy with a bag of weed, is a good guy with a bag of weed.”
An Iowa woman also disagreed, saying “I’m praying that I can flush all the addictive ,expensive, side effect filled meds I’m forced to take down the toilet and try something that God grew naturally on this earth.”