Rozenboom had harsh words for Senate Democrats over the medicinal marijuana issue.
He singled out Democrat Joe Bolkcom for his recent handling of an effort to bring up a medicinal marijuana bill.
“It continues to be a hot topic,” Rozenboom said. “Joe Bolkcom introduced the legislation and immediately declared it dead because he said he couldn’t get any Republican support. I think that was disingenuous of him, because several of us are interested in any discussion.
“Joe Bolkcom ... is using it as a political football,” Rozenboom said. “That distresses me. There was no need for him to do what he did. Now I’ve tried to work with Joe. But frankly he has used ... he is harming the people that he’s professing to help. That’s what happens when you let politics get in front of good common sense and fairness. That’s what he has done.”
Rozenboom said he co-sponsored a resolution of will to allow an interim committee to do some fact-finding this summer on medicinal marijuana.
“And this is just a way to move forward so we don’t forget about it,” Rozenboom said. “It will get some attention in the interim.”
Rozenboom said if the issue has any legs this year it would be up to the Democrats who control the Senate to move it forward.
“I can’t advance it for them,” Rozenboom said. “And they want to blame it on guys like me when they have all the power. And that’s what I find really distressing.”
One item Rozenboom voted against his party was on the use of interlock ignition devices for first offense OWI offenders, a tweak to existing code. Rozenboom said he didn’t vote for the bill because “it actually weakens our protection from those who are driving while impaired.”