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Ricketts-Krist debate

Gov. Pete Ricketts and Sen. Bob Krist hold a gubernatorial debate inside the Bosselman Conference Center at the Nebraska State Fair Thursday. 

Gov. Pete Ricketts’ response to a medical cannabis question during the debate was dripping with irony. In some form, medical cannabis is legal in 46 states and the District of Columbia (not in Nebraska).

Those governments have told the big, bad federal government to leave them alone -- a stance you would think that a small-government advocate like Gov. Ricketts would be happy about. Nope, not when it comes to medical cannabis. The big, bad federal government knows what’s best.

That same big, bad federal government tells Nebraska you can’t use certain drugs or medicines to kill a man, but our governor thumbs his nose at them and says you can’t tell us what to do.

Our governor left absolutely no stone unturned and spared no expense in order to find those drugs to kill a man for a crime. And yet, he won’t lift a finger to help law-abiding citizens of his state gain access to a drug that could actually save their lives.

Sen. Bob Krist’s response to the same question was very straightforward when he said he would work very expeditiously to get medical cannabis legislation enacted in Nebraska. He sees that there’s no need to reinvent the wheel when so many states already have laws in place.

Based on Sen. Krist’s answer, he gets it. He knows people in his state are hurting, and he wants to do everything possible to help them -- big, bad federal government or not.

Dominic Gillen, Bellevue

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