Scott Pruitt’s Peculiar Fascination with Pot
“The fact remains — Colorado marijuana continues to flow into Oklahoma, in direct violation of federal and state law. Colorado should do the right thing and stop refusing to take reasonable steps to prevent the flow of marijuana outside of its border. And the Obama administration should do its job under the Constitution and enforce the Controlled Substances Act. Until they do, Oklahoma will continue to utilize every law enforcement tool available to it to ensure that the flow of illegal drugs into our state is stopped.”
Yes, because three Alpha Phi Deltas at the University of Colorado cutting their Freshman Writing Seminar to get high back at the frat house presents a clear and present danger to the good people of Oklahoma City. Pruitt, though, is a states’ rights kind of guy, but apparently only when it’s his state and its rights.
Why bring this up now?
Last year, in Oklahoma, some brave citizens, Oklahomans for Health, wanted to put a medical marijuana bill, State Question 788 on the ballot, only to have it re-written by Pruitt late in the process, because, he said, Oklahoma voters might be confused as to the intent.
(There’s been a lot of that going around in Oklahoma, but let’s continue.)
This is how the original bill read:
A yes vote legalizes the licensed use, sale, and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma for medicinal purposes.
This was Pruitt’s rewrite.
“This measure legalizes the licensed use, sale, and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma. There are no qualifying medical conditions identified.”
For the love of a still very much alive Tommy Chong, talk about bogarting and gumming up the intent with your own saliva.
So, the ACLU, on behalf of Oklahomans for Health, sued Pruitt for bastardizing the bill to ensure its defeat — it never made it on the ballot — and, yesterday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court, the last bastion of sanity in the state, voted to throw out Pruitt’s rewrite and allow the measure in its original form to go back on the ballot in 2018 — or before if Governor Fallin calls a special election.
Pruitt’s replacement, Current Attorney General Mike Hunter said, “We disagree with that result, but respect the decision of the state’s highest court.”
That doesn’t sound good.
In any event, Scott Pruitt, who has lost more lawsuits than most attorneys general file — and those include losing appeals on 10 Commandment Monuments, Sharia law bans, and pernicious abortion bills — has now lost another one. Donald Trump, his boss, once famously said, “We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be sick and tired of winning.”
The streak continues.