The first meeting went pretty much as expected, Allen Farley is a good friend, a good man and a fine representative who is willing to roll up his sleeves and work for the people of Alabama. He told me that DeMarco had remanded the bills to subcommittee.
The second meeting also went, pretty much, according to plan, initially. I told DeMarco that I really did not have anything else to say to him that he was obviously trying to kill Alabama Safe Access Project-ASAP’s legislative package. I pointed out to him that he had received over 600 requests for public hearings, which is an unheard of number of requests, but he was going to do, what he was going to do, but that in doing so he was making his bed and he would have to lie in it. He told me that he would speak to Representative Todd and that we would receive hearings on HB-487, the Alabama Industrial Hemp Act, and HB-488, the Alabama Marijuana Protection Act.
Apparently, Chairman DeMarco would rather run ten miles to tell a lie, than stay where he is and tell the truth because he told Representative Todd that it was not going to happen, but, apparently, the lies were just beginning.
I have had two members of the Alabama House of Representatives tell me that Representative Paul Demarco told them that he had to call security and have them escort me out of his office. Apparently, I threatened him and his assistant.
This is just another lie. I made no threats toward anyone, and I was not escorted out of his office.
Not only did he make false accusations against me, he fabricated an incident between security and myself that never happened. In fact, I challenge Representative DeMarco to provide me with a member of the Capital Police or the House Master at Arms who says that they escorted me from his office and can pass a lie-detector test to that effect. I challenge him to produce this person because this person simply does not exist in the real world. He may exist in Representative DeMarco’s mind, but that would be the limit of his existence.
It is not enough for Chairman Demarco to ignore more than 600 requests for public hearing and thereby deny the people of Alabama their voice in the process, but he feels it necessary to sully my reputation because I cried foul.
Fortunately, this will be Representative Demarco’s last year at the Statehouse because he is not running for re-election to his seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. The bad news is that he is trying to take “his kind of leadership” to Washington D.C. as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama’s sixth Congressional district. I hope the people of that district see through his act because this state does not need a congressman whose leadership is based on lies.
This year, Chairman DeMarco has earned the title of the man who killed marijuana reform in Alabama, he singlehandedly decided that this issue is not worthy of consideration in the House of Representatives denying patients access to medical marijuana, and the entire state to a more sensible approach to marijuana policy.
I urge you to contact Representative DeMarco and tell him just exactly what you think about his decision. He can be reached at the following locations.State House: (334) 242-7667 Home Phone: (205) 802-7285 Work Phone: (205) 314-7909 Email: email@example.com Personal Facebook Facebook Campaign Page Twitter
We also ask that you sign the following petition.
Your decision to deny a hearing for HB-487, the Alabama Industrial Hemp Act, and HB-488, the Alabama Marijuana Protection Act, denies patients access to an effective medication, denies farmers access to a valuable cash crop and allows the continued persecution of hundreds of thousands of Alabamians for a victimless crime.
This is completely unacceptable.