Thanks, take_a_breath, for summarizing your baseless apologetics for the pathetic job Washington State has done in their feeble attempt to legalize cannabis.
First up, you have markedly diminished authority (not to mention no back bone at all) without either identifying yourself personally or providing your scientific credentials. What is your occupation? What is your dog in the fight? We all assume your are an attorney defending an unscrupulous grower or the LCB. Or maybe you're one of the pesticide spewing bad-actor growers themselves.
Regarding my opposition to 502, perhaps you should review the record and my history. I am a staunch advocate for the complete legalization of cannabis in several states and locally in my home community of Springfield, MO. I've lost some skin in that advocacy effort but I always say what I believe. I've testified before local and state governmental entities as a Medical Review Officer and respected medical doctor in several states that cannabis is safer than alcohol, that it's not usually addictive and it is not a gateway drug. I also own the domain www.homegrowsforall.com
that is in the final stages of design.
You'll recall I opposed 502 solely on the basis of the unscientific DUI-C provision that nails regular cannabis users for DUI-C up to three days into total abstinence at the 5 ng level. I think I did a great job alerting the pubic of the issue.
(Derosiers, NIDA 2014: Anal Tox) I'd be delighted to forward the manuscript if you dare identify yourself, My email is below.
I'm also leading an effort to refine the medical cannabis profession by establishing protocols, best practices, continuing medical education for practitioners and QA policies. I'm hardly the zero tolerance zealot you'd prefer the readers to believe I am.
You'll also note in the run up to 502, I testified numerous times to the LCB about 1 issue: PESTICIDES. Specifically, I warned them that this travesty with pesticide contamination of cannabis at dangerous levels would happen. I have the audio of that public meeting in Lacy in the spring of 2012 if you'd like that. I gave the same testimony to the Colorado legislature. They listened.
Yes, cannabis needs to be legal but not "Washington State way" where drivers are accused of DUI three days after they put down their joint and their cannabis concentrates give off cyanide gas when the pesticides are burned or vaped.
Secondly, I've learned a LOT from Steve Sarich. As crazy as he can be, (and I was scared the death of him for the first few years I knew him) he is actually pretty smart on some important issues. For instance, your state crime lab would still be utilizing GCMS chromatography that yields falsely elevated DUI blood levels as it converts THC-A to delta-9 in the heating process in blood samples submitted for DUI testing. I intervened and made a big stink about this problem and now that method is totally discredited. Your lab had to buy a million dollars worth of equipment to rectify the issue. You can thank Steve Sarich that your state won't be falsely elevating THC levels in their labs any more.
Thirdly, I have no affiliation with CCA. None. I paid $3500 out of my own pocket for my own testing. Tobias found an entity that did the same, CCA. He combined our results. I did the demonstration project to show, rather dramatically. that your state not only has poisoned cannabis on the shelves of the 502 stores, but worst yet, no one in your state has the authority to recall these products that contain extraordinarily high levels of pesticides. These same products would be ripped off the shelves in other states in a New York second.
And your last comment hits the ball out of the park: your state has been derelict in their duty buy not identifying tolerated and threshold levels for pesticides in cannabis.
Thanks for this opportunity to discuss these issues, take_a-breath. I trust I've cleared a few things up. Let me know if you need the references mentioned. My email is email@example.com.
Gil Mobley, MD
Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians
Diplomate, American Board of Emergency Medicine
Medical Review Officer; Certified MROCC