I share a lot in common with this guy... I'm on the board of NORML, my name is also Dominic, and I resent lawmakers who want to lock up adults for smoking marijuana. But I'd never do this:
With a key legislative committee poised to vote on a marijuana decriminalization bill today, one of the nation's leading marijuana advocacy groups has disbanded its Connecticut chapter after the local's vice president was arrested for allegedly implying harm against a state senator.
Dominic Vita, vice-president of the Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, was charged Friday with disorderly conduct. He's accused of sending an e-mail saying he was "getting ready to go postal" to Sen. Toni Boucher, an opponent of relaxing marijuana laws.
"It's hardly a fortuitous time for this to occur," Allen St. Pierre, the executive director of NORML. "It's hard enough to get marijuana laws reformed. Those kind of mistakes make it harder."
I mean, Washington State Speaker of the House Frank Chopp killed a bill to decriminalize marijuana this year, several sources in the legislature have told me. But I wouldn't threaten "go postal" over it. I think we ought to pick a new Speaker of the House—you know, someone who harnesses the Democratic supermajority to pass bills supported by his or her party, supports the party's interest in health care reform, doesn't throw progressive issues under the bus, and who isn't an all-around feckless sissy. Because feckless sissies like Frank Chopp don't deserve to be threatened with violence; they deserve to be voted out of office and remembered as feckless sissies.