commented on City Council Will Halve Prosecutor's Anti-Pot-Smoking Fine
I think the ban on public consumption of marijuana is futile and inhibits the community's ability to capitalize on tourist revenue. Unless the Sheraton or other hotel chains are prepared to offer marijuana smoking rooms, where are tourists going to go to smoke their weed? And honestly, who among us really gives a shit if someone wants to smoke a joint while watching the sunset on the beach? I understand this provision was added to I-502 to make it more palatable to the masses, but we need a legislative fix that allows people to consume marijuana products in spaces outside their homes. Whether we make room for alcohol free coffee shops like Amsterdam, or just admit that people will be smoking weed outside from time to time, we need to take a realistic approach. Pretending that this behavior can be legislated away is naive and short sighted.
commented on The Other Washington's Paper of Record Covers Comcast's Efforts to Defeat Mayor McGinn
By the way, Ed corrected the record today. I'm not too surprised I haven't seen anything on the Slog, but here he is in his own words:
A story posted online on the Washington Post web site yesterday incorrectly implies that I might not be supportive of citywide high speed broadband because Comcast has contributed to my campaign. As we made clear to the reporter yesterday -- and as the article reports -- I support the City's current efforts with Gigabit Squared to create a high speed broadband network. Unfortunately, the article then goes on to speculate that I might decide in the future not to support an expansion of the current City plan (to provide service in 14 neighborhoods). That speculation is simply wrong. I think competition is a good thing, and I support the creation of a citywide high speed broadband network.