NO ON I-502 Committee
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Sarich – Committee Manager
Opponents of I-502 Fight Back Against Misinformation Campaign by New Approach Washington
The “NO ON I-502” Committee will be holding a press conference to clarify, once and for all, our opposition to I-502 and to debunk the propaganda from NAW, and some in the press, that we represent some mysterious, greedy group of marijuana business interests that they’ve failed to specifically identify.
In a McCarthy-era style campaign, New Approach Washington is using their vast financial resources, complicit members of the media and influential local political connections to misinform the public regarding the specific issues surrounding our opposition to the initiative.
On September 5th, the Tacoma News Tribune published an editorial entitled “So where is the campaign against legalizing marijuana?” The author, Patrick O’Callahan, complained that “As far as I can tell, there’s little credible opposition to initiative I-502. (I’m not counting the ‘medical marijuana” people-who have a mercenary stake in its defeat-as credible.)” O’Callahan then opined that he could not find any “coherent statewide campaign against I-502” to participate in a scheduled TVW debate sponsored by the newspaper.
Steve Sarich, the official spokesman for the campaign against I-502, commented that: “The staff at TNT apparently didn’t try using Google, since our organization appears on the first screen of a search for “No I-502”. Perhaps they simply decided for themselves that we should not be included in this debate over I-502.”
Again, on September 6th, the League of Women Voters, along with the King County Bar Association, co-sponsored a forum on “legalization and drug policy”. This forum, instead of featuring drug policy generally, was almost exclusively concerned with I-502 and included two prominent I-502 sponsors, John McKay and Dr. Kim Thornburn, but only had Commander Pat Slack of the Snohomish County Drug Task Force to argue the case against the initiative. Despite having contacted the LVW prior to the event, and requesting to be included, the official “NO ON I-502” Committee was not allowed to participate in the “forum”.
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