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
On July 15, 2015, two stoned driver accidents — one fatal — occurred in Spokane, Washington, on the same day. A motorcyclist was seriously injured in the first accident. An hour and a half later, a bicyclist killed was killed.
The state of Washington leads the nation with 27% of their fatal accidents being caused by drivers using marijuana, according to Phillip Drum, PharmD. (In 2013 there Continue reading Washington State Leads the Nation in Stoned Driver Fatalities
As parents, we’re trying to distinguish between normal teenage behaviors and warning signs of real danger. As a society, we are trying to figure out the triggers for abhorrent behaviors in order to prevent tragedies such as Skylar Neese’s murder.
A family friend of Rachel Shoaf, who had known her since she was an infant, was shocked that the teen with ‘potential, morals’ turned into a murderer. Marijuana is the single influence that — if taken out of the picture — could have prevented this tragedy. Continue reading The Weed-Altered Brains of Pretty Little Killers: Conclusion
(Read Part 1 and Part 2) On July 6, 2012, three years ago today, Skylar Neese was brutally murdered by the two girls who had been her best friends freshman year of high school. The three girls began smoking pot together 21 months earlier. Shelia Eddy was quite depressed, but wild and rebellious. Her stepfather bought her a car which she used when sneaking out at night to smoke pot.
In early 2013, before she stopped using Twitter, Shelia Eddy posted several tweets about getting stoned. Prophetically, she even stated: “this generation is fucked. imagine what it’ll be like when our kids have kids.” Isn’t she referencing the damage to young brains on pot? Continue reading Poisoned by the Weed, Part 3