Sweden’s Justice Minister Beatrice Ask: Marijuana Kills!

Swedish minister of Justice Beatrice Ask

Sweden’s version of Sarah Palin, Justice Minister Beatrice Ask, made a fool of herself this week by posting a satirical article about marijuana-related deaths on her Facebook page along with comments about her zero-tolerance against drugs.

Beatrice Ask, who belongs to Sweden’s ruling Moderate Party, posted a link to the Daily Currant’s satire article, which claimed (falsely) that marijuana overdoses killed 37 people in Colorado on the first day of legalization. The article also included fabricated quotes from local hospital staff:

“It’s complete chaos here,” says Dr. Jack Shepard, chief of surgery at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, “I’ve put five college students in body bags since breakfast and more are arriving every minute.”

“We are seeing cardiac arrests, hypospadias, acquired trimethylaminuria and multiple organ failures. By next week the death toll could go as high as 200, maybe 300. Someone needs to step in and stop this madness. My god, why did we legalize marijuana? What were we thinking?”

Beatrice Ask FBBeatrice Ask must have been smoking some pretty strong weed when she read this because apparently she believed it and tried to tie it back to her anti-drug stance. Above the link she wrote:

“Stupid and sad. My first bill in the youth wing was called Outfight the Drugs! In this matter I haven’t changed opinion at all.”

After she was criticized for passing on a fabricated news article, her press secretary attempted to back-track, insisting the minister was aware the article was fake and was simply trying to shame the website for poking fun at such a serious issue. Right… and Sarah Palin knows that being able to see Russia from your house doesn’t necessarily make you a foreign policy expert.

Via: The Local

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