Medical Marijuana Supported by Former Anti-Drug, Reagan-Appointed U.S. Attorney

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Former U.S. Attorney A. Melvin McDonald
On the list of people we'd probably never expect to come out in support of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, we'd probably put an anti-drug crusader U.S. Attorney who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan somewhere near the top of the list.

However, we've seen that man, A. Melvin McDonald, all over the place in the past couple of weeks, giving a glowing review of medical marijuana.

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McDonald, an attorney for the Phoenix law firm Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, has said that fighting the drug war was the "top priority" for the U.S. Attorney's Office when he was appointed by Reagan. Before that, he was previously a prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, and was also a Maricopa County Superior Court judge.

Now -- especially as Republican state Representative John Kavanagh is trying to get voters to repeal the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act -- we noticed that someone's paying for an online advertisement that links to a video of McDonald explaining why he supports medical marijuana.



His son was hit by a car in 1997, and due to complications from that, he's had persistent nausea. Sure enough, McDonald says none of the medications have helped his stepson like marijuana has.

"Do not criminalize people that are desperately needing medicine to help them eat and to remain alive," Mcdonald says in the above video. "Don't criminalize it, and force people like my wife to go underground and commit crimes to spare the life of her son."

You can see a more thorough, written-out version of events from McDonald here.

"Reform the system where it should be, but do not condemn my family and my son to a life of desperation rather than decency," McDonald's plea says. "Don't criminalize behavior of my wife, other mothers and fathers, or patients, who seek only to use the one plant that gives them some quality of life."

Kavanagh told our colleague Ray Stern last month that he doesn't support medical marijuana for sick people "because marijuana is not an accepted treatment for those conditions."

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paullucas714
paullucas714

Kavanaugh is an asshole. I hope you guys send him packing next election.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

So much for doing what the voters want. Note to Kavanaugh: if you want to keep your job, do what the voters want. Not what the Republican Party wants.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

So much for doing what the voters want. Note to Kavanaugh: if you want to keep your job, do what the voters want. Not what the Republican Party wants.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

So much for doing what the voters want.

Note to Kavanaugh: if you want to keep your job, do what the voters want. Not what the Republican Party wants.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

So much for doing what the voters want. Note to Kavanaugh: if you want to keep your job, do what the voters want. Not what the Republican Party wants.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

Figures, the same people that say the recall people are trying to thwart the will of the voters, are trying to overturn an issue the voters have approved 3 times! Ah the hypocrisy....

melekalikimaka
melekalikimaka

"because marijuana is not an accepted treatment for those conditions."

Wow, Kavanagh is a medical doctor as well as being a politician! Arizona should be so proud!

Get a clue, McDonald changed his tune, unfortunately it took something happening to his son to learn that cannabis can be medicine. It was listed as formulary medicine in the 19th century and into the 20th until the government told doctors it wasn't.


teknik
teknik topcommenter

he doesn't support medical marijuana for sick people "because marijuana is not an accepted treatment for those conditions."


The only way to make this statement is to blindly turn ones eyes away from anything that actually contradicts said statement.

Hey GOP, how's that state's rights, small government police state working out?


Until you learn how to keep your nanny state government out of my life and my home I'll never see you as anything other than lying hypocrites.



nedmorlef
nedmorlef

we were saying that when you were destroying lives over it. better late than never.

never anywhere in the history of this country has tyranny shown it's face like with marijuana.  Our gov't has lied to us,denied us and bent over backwards to deceive us about our country,our legislative system and our rights. Name one other substance or issue than marijuana in the history of america that allows the gov't to kill you on site and take all of your life long wealth as criminal [drug] booty.

dkessler4
dkessler4

Kavanagh is a barbarian that would take medicine away from someone who tells him that it works.  People like that do not belong in public office.  A poll release just a few days after he filed his bill suggested that close to 6 out of 10 people in Arizona would prefer to see marijuana regulated like alcohol.  Maybe Arizona lawmakers will get the hint when we pass legislation similar to that in Colorado.  Kavanagh must not have lived in Arizona long enough to realize that we have already passed medical marijuana legislation 3 times.

tromulus
tromulus

Let's just legalize, regulate and tax it and move on.  I for one don't want to see cartels and criminals getting rich from selling this to kids.  Not to mention all of the damage that's done to innocent people in this insane drug war.  You don't see grocery stores killing people over beer and cigarettes and you don't see children walking in to buy those regulated products.  Any person or any politician against this must be getting a kickback from the cartels and are criminals themselves or they are just plain ignorant.

jose257
jose257

An idiot who changes his mind is still an idiot.


eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Let's say that voters take a second look at medical weed. My prediction is that it will receive more vote in favor the second time. After that, voters will want MJ to be completely decriminalized. Right now we are in a time of prohibition, just like it was with booze from 1922-1933. We all know what happened back then. The  very same thing is happening now, only the results are much more deadly.

dkessler4
dkessler4

@teknik Anymore it seems that Republicans are only about denying birth control to women, denying worker rights, harassing medical marijuana patients, and promoting private prisons.  If these guys had to reveal their investments or kickbacks from the private prison industry I suspect they would scatter faster than they did trying to deny Fiesta Bowl bribes.  Although they seem content to make the rules for everyone else few of them are capable of obeying the laws that they took oaths to uphold.  Even Horne(y) is too busy pointing fingers at others to obey the rules himself.  They are clearly against anything that a Democrat would recommend even if the voters overwhelmingly support it.  

nedmorlef
nedmorlef

@tromulus kickbacks are from corporate amerika. many corporations will have to compete with this vastly able plant. Besides since when has an employer ever had control over it's employees 24/7 personal life like what you eat,drink , smoke,snort or inject[drug test]? Even the Bible says not to let that happen. A point made because, I am a Christian and many of these drug warriors make this claim to. I'll let God judge them but, obviously they weren't using their best love for the citizenry when they legalized stealing private real estate.

dkessler4
dkessler4

@eric.nelson745 Arizona voters have passed medical marijuana legislation 3 times already.  Kavanagh is suggesting that we pass it for a 4th time!  He is wasting our tax money to do so!

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@dkessler4 @eric.nelson745 I didn't know that. I've only been Sand Land since Nov. 2005... of course, that has to be prominently mentioned by anyone debating Kavanaugh.

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