- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A group of Democratic lawmakers are criticizing the Utah governor for using a Spanish phrase when discussing medicinal marijuana bills earlier this week.

Gov. Gary Herbert was talking about the importance of imposing strict controls on medicinal marijuana at his monthly news conference Thursday when he said he didn’t want to be like, “Que pasa, you know, here’s your doobie for the day and you’ll feel better.”

The legislators on Friday stopped short of calling the Utah governor racist, but said he should more carefully choose his words. Rep. Angela Romero said his phrasing can reinforce stereotypes associated with Latinos. She called it an insensitive remark.

Herbert’s spokesman Jon Cox said in a statement that the governor was trying to do an impersonation of comedian George Carlin and didn’t mean to offend anybody.

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