I get worried when we go more than a few months without Attorney General John Suthers telling whomever will listen that he hates everything about medical marijuana, including all those damn doctors who just keep churning out recommendations for the plant, as opposed to pushing pills like a good physician.
Today it's the New York Times that made the mistake of calling Suthers' office, for quotes on legalized marijuana versus MMJ. (It's just a questionable move. It's like asking Paula Deen how she feels about snorting melted butter for years, then squeezing out a type 2-diabetes medication endorsement deal that looks grosser than most of her "cuisine.")
Anyway, Suthers, like the well-trained politician he is, didn't miss a beat.
Some critics of legalization say that medical marijuana’s growth, and the abuse of medicines that leak out to become recreational, foreshadow the dangers if accessibility is increased. Washington’s measure would be a statutory legal change, while Colorado’s would amend the State Constitution.
“It’s largely state-sanctioned fraud,” said Colorado’s attorney general, John W. Suthers, a harsh critic of the medical marijuana system who is speaking out against the ballot measure. “We have thousands and thousands of people lying to doctors, saying they have a debilitating medical condition.”
And some doctors are going along with the ruse, Mr. Suthers said, “practicing sub-standard medicine by actually closing their eyes.”
I get tired of saying where Suthers calls home, so this time I'm going to pretend that he's a rogue conservative born in the caves above Boulder.