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MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Put compassion before bias

Letter by Philip Dawdy, Seattle on Jan. 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm with 2 Comments »
January 25, 2011 9:09 am

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.)

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  1. independent says:

    As a member of the WCA I am truly grateful for our association’s existence to help with fact based education and relevant input on cannabis related issues.
    Compassion is something easily given by those with open hearts and minds, and certainly not demanded or required by those who should receive it.
    For those who would choose to excercise their right to close their heart and mind to facts and education, and choose to not show compassion. For those who make these choices, to spread inflammatory propaganda based in one’s own uneducated, non fact based opinion, as your writer has done is inexcusable as it drives and feeds ignorance and prejudice two things any important issue such as SB 5073 surely could do without.

  2. beazelbud says:

    I agree!

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