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Legislator Accuses Medical Marijuana Group Of 'Harassment'

Posted on  October 26, 2012 by  News Admin

  Health Committee Chairman Unwilling To Read Citizen Emails Ah, representative democracy. When citizens have concerns, they contact their elected representatives, right? Right?? One Alabama legislator apparently could use a basic civics lesson; it seems Republican Rep. Jim McClendon has forgotten for whom he works. On Thursday morning, he sent an email message to constituents, colleagues and newspapers statewide accusing medical marijuana lobbyists of "harassment." McClendon, chairman of the Alabama House Committee on Health, apparently felt quite put upon by the emails sent by members and supporters of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition, a group fighting for safe access for medicinal cannabis patients in the Heart of Dixie. "The inundation of emails to members of the Health Committee is no more than harassment and does not advance your cause," McClendon huffily (and cluelessly) emailed at 11:36 Central Time on Thursday. The email, in addition to AMMJC member Aaron Carswell and AMMJC co-president Ron Crumpton, also went out to the members of the press and McClendon's colleagues in the Alabama House. "What am I supposed to do, Mr. Chairman?" Crumpton answered. "I have been trying to get you to respond to me since the end of the session. During the session, I treated you like a man and it got our bill absolutely nowhere. "I represent over 10,000 Alabamians who want to see this bill passed," Crumpton emailed. "Even with that kind of support we were not able to get a hearing last year. "However, for you to say that emails to members...