By Steve Elliott
An Alabama state senator this week proclaimed "I'm really tired of dealing with these people" when pressed to release a doctor survey he ordered, which was conducted by the state medical association.
Oddly, Senator Jim McClendon, who at the time he ordered the study was chair of the House Health Committee, repeatedly denied ever ordering the survey in a telephone interview this week, reports Edward Burch at ABC 33/40.
Senator McClendon, who perhaps should seek a less stressful form of employment than public servant, said he had received emails from medical marijuana proponents for the past two years about the missing survey.
"I'm really tired of dealing with these people and this issue," McClendon said.
Reporter Burch later spoke with Rep. Patricia Todd, who sponsored a bill during the last legislative session which would have legalized medical marijuana.
Rep. Todd confirmed that Sen. McClendon did issue the request for the medical marijuana survey.
"I was in (McClendon's) office one day and one of the government affairs people for the medical association was in there and we were talking about it, and he said, 'Oh yeah, we did the survey,'" Todd said.
Rep. Todd said the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA) refused to give her a copy of the complete survey. She said she had submitted a list of questions to McClendon to be included on it.