I am selling front row seats to watch the worst state health department in the nation attempt to implement legalized medicinal marijuana.
Voters of the state of Massachusetts, in their boundless stupidity, this week decided to legalize medicinal marijuana as the state Department of Health and Human services deals with 2 major mismanagement scandals.
First, nearly 30 people have died and almost 400 sickened from fungal meningitis when a compounding pharmacy in the state was allowed to produce and ship large batches of fungus tainted injectable steroids without prescriptions. Against state and federal laws. From a lab that had failed repeated health inspections going back to 1999. Did I mention the labs owner has been appointed to the State Board of Pharmacies, responsible for pharmacy over sight, for decades?
Second, at least one lab technician at the state run crime lab, and possibly up to a dozen, falsified reports, tampered with tests and contaminated the samples from thousands of criminal cases.
Thousands of criminals, many of them violent repeat offence felons, are appealing there jail sentences and will likely be freed in the next few months. This comes just 5 years after the department took direct control over the crime lab following a similar scandal in 2007 when the lab was run by the State Police and monitored by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The legal bills from all of the appeals are expected to cost the state over $20 million. Civil suits for wrongful imprisonment are expected to push the total legal cost over $50 million. You also have the cities and towns begging for aid to help police deal with the expected crime wave to result from thousands of hardened criminals being put back on the street in such a short period of time. Expected price tag, $100 million in 2013.
And people expect this agency to properly manage legalized marijuana. Ha.
Get your programs here. You cannot tell one incompetent political appointment from another without a program.
Big government supporters get front row seats.