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Pot Backers Blast Suthers For Advocacy Discrepancy

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John Suthers (credit: coloradoattorneygeneral.gov)

John Suthers (credit: coloradoattorneygeneral.gov)

DENVER (AP) – Marijuana advocates working to put a legalization measure on Colorado ballots next year are complaining that the state’s top lawyer has a double standard on pot.

Republican Attorney General John Suthers says he opposes the proposal to make pot legal for recreational use.

Suthers has criticized the head of the state’s medical marijuana enforcement agency for appearing to take a stand on local marijuana initiatives up for a vote Tuesday. Suthers called the letter from Dan Hartman “unethical.”

Legalization backers planned to meet with reporters Monday to decry what they call hypocrisy from the attorney general. A Suthers spokesman insisted the attorney general has given his opinion only when asked by reporters or in response to pending legislation, while Hartman’s letter came at the request of marijuana dispensaries.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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