Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's Medical-Marijuana Connection: His Spokeswoman
Could it be that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is even more of a liberal Republican than we thought?
hardfitness.com/Juan Carlos Lopez Paula Pollock, during a 2008 bodybuilding competition, now works at the PCSO.
We know he supports same-sex marriage and gays in the military. But what about his views on medical marijuana?
Well, consider that he handpicked for his staff a fitness trainer/bodybuilder/bookkeeper with family ties to two medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, and who was once poised to open her own pot shop in Scottsdale.
Sure, Babeu joined a chorus of Arizona sheriffs on July 30, 2012, in a letter urging Governor Jan Brewer to "immediately halt all state involvement in the licensing of marijuana for any purpose."
After all, the sheriffs warned, state employees participating in the medial marijuana program were engaged in "acts that facilitate federal crimes."
And yet, about six months before he signed off on that letter to Brewer decrying the dangers and criminal aspects of medical marijuana, the sheriff
was harboring had hired Paula Pollock to work at the PCSO as his administrative assistant. facebook.com Paula Pollock and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu at a Diamondbacks game in 2011.
Pollock's family is connected to two Today's Health Care (THC), medical marijuana dispensaries, in Colorado. She applied in early 2011, as the proprietor, to open a dispensary, also called, Today's Health Care, in the city of Scottsdale. And up until April 24, 2012, Pollock was the president, secretary, treasurer and director of Today's Health Care, a non-profit corporation registered with the Arizona Corporation Commission.
We called and left messages for Pollock, including at her home, but have not yet heard back from her. (And, no, we didn't use a cup and string.)
Also consider what Babeu had to say when the Town of Superior was weighing passage of its medical marijuana ordinance. When council members asked Babeu for his thoughts, he commented that prescription drugs are probably a larger epidemic, according to the meeting minutes.
"Many people look at it as a gateway drug and less dangerous than a lot of other narcotics and even prescribed drugs," he told the council, according to the minutes.