We were stunned by your paper’s invective-filled editorial (1-23) regarding medical marijuana legislation. Such rhetoric could only be driven by personal bias, since the scientific evidence already favors the efficacy of medical marijuana.
How else could one explain an editorial likening state Sens. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Jerome Delvin, the main sponsors of Senate Bill 5073, to Cheech and Chong? Such comparisons say more about their author than their targets.
Under current law, qualifying patients are still being arrested, 13 years after voters approved Initiative 692. People who provide medical marijuana face the prospect of being raided by thieves or by law enforcement agencies with their own interpretation of state law. And patients who have the misfortune to live in the wrong city often have to go to the black market for their medicine.
Does anyone, even a deeply biased editorialist, really think that’s a state of affairs worth continuing?
SB 5073 is the only way to solve these problems and cut the black market and violence out of medical marijuana once and for all. It’s time for The News Tribune to put compassion ahead of bias.
(Dawdy is the media and policy director of the Washington Cannabis Association.)