commented on The State Inflated Estimates for Pot Revenue (And They Damn Well Knew It)
I think it is difficult to make the leap that OFM delilberately inflated the numbers. It is easy to say their numbers were uneducated and wishful thinking, but the idea that they phonied them up because they bureacrats had an organized plan to pass 502 is a little foolish.
While Kleinman's analysis is a great improvement over Reubens Carlyle's and Chris Hurst's blind wishful, even a number of his statement's in the posted TVW interview show an immaturity and thoughtlessness on some issues which seem more a result of lack of knowledge than intentional mistatements.
OFM, Carlyle, Hurst, Kleinman, you will see a lot of poor decisions and wrong statements coming out of them. But I think it is a stretch to that it is intentional: it is lack of knowledge and thoughtfulness -and some of it is wishful thinking.
Mar 7, 2012
commented on Pot Activists vs. Pot Activists
Without probable cause, people can't be tested or arrested. That is true. We know cops don't lie, we knowthey don't make up details in their police reports to bolster their case. I feel completely safe now. I am sure that is not wishful thinking.
The 5 mg referred to refers to "some evidence of impairment". Hoe much ? We don't know. More or less than impairment tuning the car radio? We don't know. Does the 5 ng impairment refer to regular smokers, the people who wrote the studies says "no".
502 requires no evidence of impairment. It is strict liability based on 5 ng, no matter who you are. If the cop smaells it, you are getting tested. What will your blood level be just after smoking? About 16ng to 18ng. How long should you wait for that to get below 5 ng ? 2 hours to 1 day, according to the studies Holden cites.
Mar 1, 2012
commented on Sorry, Medical Marijuana Activists, Your Study Doesn't Prove that I-502 Will Nab Sober Drivers for DUIs
What Dominic is saying is that pain patients should stay home every day so he can get stoned. Forget that chronic smokers have an entirely different tolerance than casual users. Forget that 5 ng impairment is the amount established for casual users (yes, I checked the Pennsylvania studies where the 5 ng number comes from). Forget all that. Dominic wants to get stoned. And, even in his own words, he wrote that it takes a day to wear down. Guess what ? Most pain patients take pain meds every day. That is something you can't forget. So, Dominic would rather pain patients drive around wacked out on oxycontins because the smell of marijuana is to obvious and patients need to buy food and get out of the house whether Dominic likes it or not.
How much are these people impaired ? We don't know. The studies don't really specify. More than drinking but less than text messaging ? We don't know. But Dominic wants to get high, so it really doesn't matter, so he is willing to throw patients under this bus to do it.
He argues that "this law will pass." That may be true. Lots of bad laws pass,especially when voters ignore the facts or vote selfishly. Lots of bad initiatives pass. I can give you a list. The main thing is, if this initiative doesn't pass, Dominic may have to wait even longer until a good law comes around. And that can't happen. Dominic wants to get high yesterday, and he isn't willing to wait, even if it means passing a really bad law with lots of ill consequences. |Even if it means locking sick up at home.
Because he is so anxious to get high, Dominic isn't going to look at the facts no matter what the argument. The facts don't affect him. They affect other people. He doesn't have to look.
Because he is in such a hurry, Dominic is not even willing to consider the the likelyhood, the probability, the the Federal government is going to bitch slap this thing down so fast that he will not get what he wants for very long, maybe never. But the DUI provisions will remain. The people who grow now will not be able to grow under this initiative, so, not only will patients be screwed, but Dominic will have a much harder time scoring that joint. And the feds will have kept it illegal anyway.
And, in the extremely remote chance that the federal government doesn't assert that it is in charge of controlled substances and knocks down 502 in court (which will happen), even if they don't, they will get the state to comply by withholding millions and millions of dollars in all sorts of aid (school aid, law enforcement aid , etc.) And they don't even need to go to court to prove anything do that.
So, Dominic is so anxious to smoke a joint that he is screwing himself and every patient in Washington State.