This is a very pleasant thing to see â€” a reporter for a major newspaper noting and pointing out how a federal drug warrior is actively lobbying against state laws.
Susan Greene: No one’s told drug-war soldier about peace breaking out
A Coloradan who works for the president’s drug-policy office is leading efforts to undermine the state’s constitutional amendment allowing cannabis for medical use. On the federal dime, Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, is lobbying state lawmakers to gut the Colorado law.
Either Gorman didn’t get the memo about changes in federal drug policy, or he’s going rogue. Whichever the case, no one in D.C. seems to mind. […]
“Technically, if you ask me who I represent, it’s the Colorado Drug Investigators Association,” he tells me, oddly.
That technicality exempts him from longstanding federal laws prohibiting federal workers from lobbying, he claims. Meanwhile, he’s lobbying without having registered as a lobbyist, and says he’s doing so with the nod of his bosses.
They wouldn’t comment.
Of course, this article disturbs me in the fact that Gorman feels so confident that he can do what he does with impunity. The good part is that here’s one reporter who isn’t falling for it:
And a lobbyist is a lobbyist, no matter which government agency happens to be laundering his paycheck.