Last February, at the height of the 2013 Idaho Legislature session, Boise Weekly sat down with Coeur d'Alene Republican Rep. Luke Malek to talk about numerous issues, including the pending state-run health insurance exchange, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and what he called "career politicians."
But Malek's choicest comments were reserved for those who would like to legalize the sale and use of recreational or medicinal marijuana.
"Having been a prosecutor, I know what a farce medical marijuana is. This campaign to legalize medical marijuana is a predatory campaign by the drug cartels," Malek told BW. "Once you legalize it you will have no ability to regulate it and it will be opening the floodgates for drug distribution."
But this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that a marijuana policy organization has labeled Malek as one of the country's "worst state legislators of 2013."
Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project told the Press, "We think it's important that voters around the country understand where their legislators stand on these issues. Unfortunately, there are still many elected officials in this country that cannot let go of their antiquated beliefs about marijuana."
But Malek pushed back, saying MPP was "likely getting a lot of its funding from those who would profit from any relaxation of marijuana laws," according to the Press.