Best Of 2015

Best Gift Horse: STATE SEN. JEFF BRANDES' MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL

Best Gift Horse

Brandes openly opposed the failed medical marijuana amendment on the ballot last year, instead favoring such a law to get legislative scrutiny and thus a more deliberative treatment. So he filed a bill legalizing medical marijuana, but it unsurprisingly went nowhere during session. There might have been an ulterior motive for filing such a bill. Brandes is a young-ish guy, so he might as well start appealing to Millennials now. Plus, filing such a bill knowing full well it won’t pass probably boosted his statewide name recognition anyway, which will obviously be convenient should he seek statewide office down the road. But even if there was a tinge of ambition in his motives, we are happy he filed it and hope he does so again next year. Sick kids are depending on it.