Republican Dino Rossi has been spending the week attacking the $800 billion federal stimulus plan pushed by Democrats in 2009 as a waste of money, pointing out examples of what he and others say is questionable spending that didn’t create jobs.
But Rossi’s latest example may have misfired.
On Thursday, Rossi attacked a WSU-Vancouver professor’s study of whether marijuana can increase the effectiveness of pain-treating drugs like morphine. The study received $148,438 in stimulus grants.
Rossi’s news release — headlined “It’s 5:00 Somewhere, But It’s 4:20 At Washington State University” — conjured images of stoner students toking away on the federal dime.
“Washington state taxpayers are tired of their money going up in smoke. This bill isn’t going to stimulate anything other than sales of Cheetos,” Rossi said in the news release, labeling the research a “boondoggle.”
But the researcher, Psychology Professor Michael Morgan, said Thursday that Rossi doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
Morgan said his research first came under fire last year, when Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, included it on a list of allegedly wasteful stimulus projects. Morgan said Coburn never bothered to contact him about the study. Neither did Rossi.