By Keith Mansur
Oregon Cannabis Connection
Paul LePage, Maine’s simply crazy Governor, is easily the most ignorant, angry, racist, and buffoonish leader in America. His most recent comments on marijuana taxation are just the latest in a slew of incidents that have defined the governor’s two terms in office. I will admit he has some minor competition from the likes of Oklahoma’s Mary Fallin and New Jersey’s Chris Christie, but LePage takes the “Worst Governor” title with relative ease.
LePage really shines as a buffoon when it comes to cannabis policy and his statements over the past few years relating to the state’s legalization efforts and the existing medical marijuana program. Not to discount Mary Fallin’s reefer madness attitude on marijuana, LePage is even more ridiculous when it comes to his beliefs and positions.
Recently, LePage argued that medical marijuana, and the patients that use it, should be taxed right along with the state’s new adult-use cannabis, asserting that “It’s going to be devastating.” On July 19th, LePage spoke to the Rotary Club in Bar Harbor, Maine, and Mdislander.com reported:
“Colorado has nontaxable medical marijuana and taxable recreational marijuana, and everybody is becoming a medical user. We’re making the same mistake,” the governor said.
As of last November, when Maine voters narrowly approved the sale of recreational marijuana, there were 900 medical marijuana caregivers in the state, LePage said. Now, just eight months later, he said there are more than 4,000.
“It is going to be devastating,” he said of the proposed marijuana tax bill.
“You’re not going to be able to collect the tax because [recreational marijuana] is going to go underground and stay underground. There’s no good that’s going to come out of this.”
During the 2016 general election, when Maine had their adult-use referendum on the ballot, LePage showed just how obtuse he is when he explained before the election in a video, “Question 1 is not just bad for Maine, it can be deadly.” He actually indicated children and pets could die from edibles and that marijuana users are three times more likely to become heroin addicts, which is a particularly bad problem in Maine.
Of course, anyone with a computer and fingers can find out that opioid deaths are actually decreasing in legal marijuana states. The science is there and the need for immediate solutions is real, but LePage refused to acknowledge science and continued his fear campaign through the election. In fact, there was a petition to add opioid addiction to the list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions but the state department of health, with likely pressure from the governor, they denied the petition.
His ineptness goes beyond cannabis and is apparent with his behavior and comments in a number of other ridiculous incidents.
He made a completely racist statement regarding drug dealers in January 2016 at a town hall meeting in Bridgton. He told the crowd, “These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty — these types of guys — they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road.”
In August of 2016, LePage left a message for a Maine legislator that was filled with obscenities when defending the racist comments he had made. NPR reported:
“Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage,” it began. “”I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you c********r” — a vulgarity referencing fellatio.
“I want you to prove I’m a racist. I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little son of a bitch, socialist c********r,” he continued, using the same expletive, ” … I am after you.”
Here is an audio excerpt of Gov. Paul LePage’s Obcenity filled tirade against Representative Drew Gattine:
He also challenged the same lawmaker to a duel in an interview with the Portland Press-Herald, threatening to shoot Gattine. “I would point it right between his eyes, because he is a snot-nosed little runt,” LePage told the Press-Herald.
A number of other incidents that are a combination of childish, petulant, and outright stupid have occurred throughout his remarkable reign. Here are a few:
He suggested executing criminals with a guillotine, stating, “I think the death penalty should be appropriate for people who kill Mainers. What we ought to do is bring the guillotine back. We could have public executions and we could even have which hole it falls in.”
He has repeatedly refused to attend MLK, Jr. events and actually told the NAACP to kiss my butt.”
He stated at a high school leadership program that he “wanted to shoot” a local political cartoonist in response to a question from the cartoonist’s own son.
He was charged with impeachment in a failed attempt to remove him from office early in 2016. He had threatened to pull $530,000 in funding for a school for troubled and indigent children after it hired a political enemy of LePage’s as president of the school. Eventually the school terminated the contract of the president out of fear of losing funding.
I guess one must wonder, what is wrong with the voters in Maine? After all, they re-elected this idiot, didn’t they. It’s apparent that Mainer’s are not the most educated, or savvy voters. They obviously don’t care that their governor makes them all seem like buffoons. Maine is a great place to visit, but for respectable and sane individuals, you wouldn’t want to live there.
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