First, the really important news of the day.
As House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled his post-turkey beard to the news and world today, making him the first speaker in a hundred years with facial hair…
Nebraska’s junior Senator is also, apparently, working on his chin warmers. Politico reports under…
BEARD WATCH: Paul Ryan is getting a lot of attention for his trailblazing beard, but don’t sleep on Sen. Ben Sasse’s new beard, which he said is for “mourning” Nebraska football.
We do not YET have a recent photo of the good Senator, but below is an artist’s rendering of the Senator in the Capitol, if he had the same look as Giants pitcher Brian Wilson.
At least they have some catching-up to do if they want to reach “David Letterman Retirement Beard” level…
We will keep you updated.
**UPDATE at 1:45pm 12/1/15**
Sasse reportedly shaved his No-Shave-November beard…this morning.
KMTV’s Nick Starling reports that Senator Tommy Garrett is not giving up, by a long shot, his quest to make medicinal marijuana legal in Nebraska.
Garrett is going on a four city media event across Nebraska to press for his cause. He is touting the success of Minnesota’s version of the law for greater acceptance in Nebraska.
In the KMTV story, they cite a recent trip by Colorado law enforcement to Nebraska noting the perils of their new law — though Garrett, somewhat exasperated, notes that full legalization of pot, and medicinal legalization are very different.
Doing some back of the internet research on it, I found that Marinol, a synthetic THC pill, is available in all 50 states. It is noted as “a safe and effective medicine for the treatment of nausea and vomiting.”
It is also noted that Marinol “is not the same thing as approving ‘marijuana’ as a ‘medicine.'”
As others have commented here, one of the big knocks against “medicinal marijuana” is…
There is no possibility of approval of any plant as a medicine to treat any illness, now or ever because the chemicals in whole plants (to say nothing of smoked plants which are composed of many, many more chemicals) could be approved as a medicine. Plants are unstable mixtures of different chemicals which cannot be used directly to provide a ‘dose’ of a specific chemical to be used as a medical treatment.
One would imagine that this is an issue that Garrett is up against. Though, citing Marinol, many point out that the drug has its downsides — isn’t effective, has drawbacks in dosage and other issues. And others point out that if a patient has a terminal illness, what’s the real downside?
In any case, an interesting debate where Garrett and other supporters will need to win the hearts and minds to take it to the next step. It looks like he is giving it his all.
Countdown for Watchdog
In her penultimate column for Nebraska Watchdog (and that does NOT mean that she has a super writing utensil…), Deena Winter takes a look at spending on Group Homes under Developmental Services of Nebraska.
Some in-depth reporting by Deena — which we will lose in about 48 hours.
(She’s leaving the state — not dying.)
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