Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's Medical-Marijuana Connection: His Spokeswoman

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Paula Pollock, during a 2008 bodybuilding competition, now works at the PCSO.
Could it be that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is even more of a liberal Republican than we thought?

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.

See also:
CBS 5 "Investigation" Into Medical Marijuana Includes a Made-Up Statistic

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.

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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.



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15 comments
rotorhead1871
rotorhead1871

she aint much of a body builder......probably smokes too much pot....cant get motivated...

stud-boi
stud-boi

Baboon will never hug a woman, i saw him just for image gets close to women. 

"Paula considers Babeu one of her "closest friends in the whole world" and trusts and loves "him to pieces."...  No so fast. I know babeu very well and he is not the one to trust and word or move.  he lied to get what he wanted. I met him online and went to a bar called burns a few years ago in dwn phx. He is a dirty person, poor judgement, and shame. he should test for std, because so many at that time

bgray59
bgray59

I think that the County should not be concerned about any sexual harassment claims arising this relationship.

DNichols
DNichols

Nice photo of a couple of Gal Pal's hanging out at the Ball Park hoping to field some stray Balls?

cmiller2900
cmiller2900

The only reason Marijuana is considered a "Gateway Drug" is because when the dealer on the street runs out of pot to sell, he often offers the coke and meth. If the pot was offered in a shop with care the gateway effect would dissipate.

jester.jackson
jester.jackson

I think Paula's success is a wonderful example to high school dropouts. A GED and no college? It wont matter as long as you  know the right people. 76K and no experience needed! It doesn't matter if it gets reported on. Pinal County has been taking it in the rear from Babeu for years now. Nothing will change.

veronicamills72
veronicamills72

This article is slanted and presents an unfair perspective. When quoting Paula's pay previous to her employment at PCSO, Alonzo attempts to imply she is unqualified by mentioning that she took on a bookkeeping position. However Paula has been a successful business woman for many years making several times over that amount. What Ms. Alonzo fails to mention is that Paula only temporarily took the bookkeeping position on a part time basis to supplement her family during the economic crisis. Something that many Arizona residents can sympathize with. Furthermore Paula only became involved in medical marijuanna after her best friend suffered from a brain tumor and doctors recommended marijuanna for stomach problems that resulted from chemotherapy. Scientists haven't been able to synthesize a drug that helps better than marijuanna to help these patients. Ms. Alonzo should be ashamed of herself for exploiting this woman with her political motivations.

Nimm
Nimm

Babeu's standard operating procedure is to browbeat the Board of Supervisors into giving him a never-ending stream of budget increases, but this is what he does with the money he already has. In lieu of raises, the line deputies get told they're heroes, and the money goes instead to his cronies, in this case a drug-connected crony with few visible qualifications for her high-paying government job. There needs to be a sea change in priorities within PCSO, and Babeu is the main thing blocking it.

Do you have any idea how much the marijuana industry would pay to have someone this close to the head of a major law-enforcement agency? (I mean how much would they pay in addition to the campaign cash that's already been given.)

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Probably the closest thing to a man stud boi could find in a woman.

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

The woman looks very misplaced in Stub Boi's arms. 


PabloDroopus
PabloDroopus

@DNicholsNotice to the right in the photo at the ball park there is a lady with a snake hat. Babue was heard bragging to Pollock earlier that he had a one-eyed anaconda just that size.  

jester.jackson
jester.jackson

@veronicamills72 It is telling how from the whole article the most important thing to you is Paula's perceived lack of qualification based on her previous pay. You don't have to defend Paula on the medical marijuana issue. If you were from Arizona you would know that the PEOPLE of AZ have voted many times to ok medical use. It is people in positions of power such as Sheriff Babeu who have spoken in favor of keeping marijuana illegal to all.

eric.nelson745
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@veronicamills72 No, Alonzo is only emphasizing the sleaze factor in the Babeu/Pollock relationship. It's not nepotism, but the next best thing. Plus his apparent 360-degree shift on medical marijuana. It's nothing short of remarkable, no?

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