This is the Alabama edition. It is not very important as these things go. But it is indicative.

On November 14, the Alabama House Committee on Health, held a hearing on the issue of medical marijuana in Alabama. It was evident that the purpose of the hearing was to kill HB 2, the Alabama Medical Marijuana Patients’ Rights Act.

In his closing remarks at the hearing, Chairman McClendon, Republican St. Clair Springs, said, “Medical marijuana is an issue supported by an extremely small group of people in Alabama, while the vast majority of the population is opposed to this type of legislation.”

Well good. The voice of the people and all that. Representative government. No extremely small group should be allowed to dominate government.

The problem is that the most recent poll on medical marijuana in Alabama, conducted by the Mobile Register and the University of South Alabama found that 75 percent of respondents supported legalizing marijuana for medical use under a doctor’s supervision. I know that the chairman has seen the polling information because I personally placed a copy of it in his hand. In other words, it is not that the chairman does not know about the polling, it is that he chooses to ignore it.

The polling numbers are right in line with national numbers which have run from 60% to 85% depending on the poll and the polling date with more recent polls tending higher.

There is a possible explanation for the Republican disconnect not discussed in the article. The Republicans are owned by the cartels. As are the Democrats.

“The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government.” – William Colby, former CIA Director, 1995