Yesterday Rick Steves was on C-SPAN and he misrepresented marijuana legalization. For a more truthful representation of legalization, we advise our followers to listen to Luke Niforatos of Smart Approaches to Marijuana who was also on C-SPAN recently. In Steves’s home state of Washington, there’s a terrible track record of legalization violations.
According to the FBI, the murder rate in Washington rose 44% between 2013 and 2017. Steves claimed crime did not go up. Continue reading Rick Steves Misrepresents Legalization Violations in Washington State
Which will destroy Washington faster, cannabis or earthquakes? Legalization violations run rampant, as the Washington Poison Control reported 378 cases of toxic exposure to marijuana in 2017. Last week, the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board announced announced rules to end the production of cannabis-infused gummy bears and candies that appeal to children. On October 12, the regulators reversed their decision because of fierce opposition from the marijuana industry.
Once again the cannabis industry proves that it is hostile to all attempts at honest and sensible regulation. In 2016, the cannabis industry bought off a ballot designed to cap the potency of marijuana sold in Colorado dispensaries to 16% THC. Continue reading Pot Poisonings and Legalization Violations in Washington State
State has teen violence problem, or is it just legalization of pot?
On December 7, in Everett, Washington, 5 teens killed a boy’s mother when she tried to defend her son. The violent 16- and 17-year-olds who were trying to steal the son’s marijuana and meth. In Alaska, another state where pot is legal for adults, 5 teens murdered another teen over marijuana. Allegedly, it was because the victim smoked his friend’s joint.
What other substance makes people so greedy and barbarous that they often kill for it? Only meth can inspire so much, but meth use has gone way down. Marijuana, or cannabis, inspires a cult-like following, with some advocates worshiping the plant as a god. Several recent incidents back up the scholarly research on marijuana’s deleterious effects on the teen brain, promoting violent behavior and even murder. Continue reading Washington State Teens Murder over Marijuana
Alison Holcomb designed I-502 and the state changed the terms
Alison Holcomb of the ACLU used her genius to write I-502, the 2012 ballot which legalized pot in Washington. She addressed the public’s biggest concerns about accepting the legalization of marijuana, and wrote the ballot to appeal to non-users. It was a brilliant tactic. Soon after legalization, the state disregarded many of those terms.
I-502 had safeguards to prevent stoned driving, public smoking of marijuana, home grows and under-age usage.
Yet, passage of I-502 created many new victims. To a strong extent, the 5-nanogram allowance for THC in drivers is not protecting public health and safety.
Continue reading The genius behind Washington’s marijuana ballot