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August 22, 2012 at 7:30 AM

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Marijuana legislation: Get real, says The Times

Why I-502 splits the cannabis community

In an editorial, The Times advised cannabis activists to “get real” about Initiative 502, New Approach Washington’s legalization initiative [“Marijuana reality check,” Opinion]. Perhaps it is time for the paper to get real itself and do some actual reporting on I-502’s troubling provisions, ones so troubling that they’ve split the cannabis community.

What the paper would find is that I-502’s THC DUI provision is not supported by anything but the thinnest of published science, yet it would imperil the driving rights of every medical-cannabis patient in the state and most recreational users — people who are using cannabis now and not creating hazards on our roadways. That’s no way to legalize cannabis and it’s why I am opposed to I-502 and will vote “no” in November.

The paper also asserted that voters wouldn’t accept an initiative without a THC DUI standard, but that argument is bunk. Prosecutors in this state have publicly argued that current impaired-driving laws are sufficient to deal with current cannabis use by the public. Why would I-502’s authors, knowing this to be the case, cynically craft an initiative that would harm the very people they claim to be protecting? Why would New Approach Washington play into misplaced fears of so-called “stoned driving” that cropped up during the ACLU Washington polling in advance of I-502’s filing last year instead of using their substantial resources to educate the public that their fears are groundless? Who knows? Voters should respond by asking tough questions about I-502 and then voting this dog down.

— Philip Dawdy, Seattle

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