Colorado, like most states, is in the middle of a budget shortfall. $60 million to be exact. What better way to make up that deficit than with the state’s money from the program for medical marijuana? Gov. Bill Ritter, once an opponent of medical marijuana is all for it now. At least the revenue it generates.

DENVER - JANUARY 06: Colorado Gov Bill Ritter announces that he will not seek a second term of office on January 6, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. At a press conference at the Colorado state capitol building, the first term Democratic governor said that he had decided not to run for re-election for family reasons. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Ritter who served as Colorado’s AG, opposed medical marijuana at the time. But now as Governor he’s abandoned conscience for cash. The state rakes in about $9 million dollars from it’s medical marijuana program, and Ritter likes it.

He says that he respects the law so much that he’s okay with it now. And of course there’s the $60 million budget shortfall to contend with as governor. Ritter’s not unlike most politicians in his position. When faced with a tough situation (like a $60 million dollar budget gap) they’ll abandon principle every time. Last year Colorado used about $3 million from the medical marijuana fund. Ritter said at the time it was a one time thing. Beware when a politician says “one time thing.”

So that brings us to an interesting little question I have for you people. Would you abandon principles just to fix a problem? Even if whatever you were against was legal. Bill Ritter’s medical marijuana conversion is typical political posturing.

And don’t give me the legality of medical marijuana argument. I’ve already conceded that it’s legal. That’s not the point. Do you abandon principle to get out of a jam?