March 29, 2007
Bob Barr, who as a Georgia congressman authored a successful amendment that blocked D.C. from implementing a medical marijuana initiative, has switched sides and become a lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project.
Lest you think it was a financial decision, Barr says:
“I, over the years, have taken a very strong stand on drug issues, but in light of the tremendous growth of government power since 9/11, it has forced me and other conservatives to go back and take a renewed look at how big and powerful we want the government to be in people’s lives,” Barr said.
In November of 1998, DC voters overwhelmingly approved D.C. Initiative 59, a measure that legalized marijuana for medical treatment. Barr’s amendment prevented the wishes of DC residents from being realized. This is antithetical to the small government he claims to prefer. Blaming his change of heart on medical marijuana use on the “growth of government power” is tasteless–and nonsensical in light of his previous embrace of big government intrusion.