Earlier this week we wrote about state Rep. Roger Goodman and his plans to make medical-marijuana reform a signature issue during his campaign for Congress. This is remarkable because pot laws are generally a state-level issue, and no one has successfully run for national office on a weed-reform platform (to our knowledge).
So one would think that a candidate like that must have the strong backing of the medical-marijuana community, right? Depends on who you ask.
In response to the story, Cannacare director and pot provocateur Steve Sarich wrote that Rep. Goodman's standing among weed advocates is hardly sterling.
Uhhhh....excuse me? Roger Goodman now thinks he has the support of the medical marijuana community? Is this the same Roger Goodman that introduce a bill that would have allowed police to blood test medical marijuana patients and jail them for DUI because they had THC in their system? He did this even when all of the scientific and medical research from around the world and here in the US shows that testing for THC in blood is an absolutely useless way to test for impairment. Thanks Roger! Like Kohl-Welles....please don't do us anymore favors!
You also thought that we patients would like to buy our medication in state liquor stores (which have the highest liquor taxes in the country and still lose money). By the time the state got done taxing medical cannabis, patients would never be able to afford their medication. Get a clue Roger....NO TAX ON OUR MEDICATION!
If you want some support from the medical marijuana community, Roger, you better do a lot more listening to patients before you propose ANY new laws that critically impact our lives. WE know what we need....you've just never asked us. Jeanne Kohl-Welles asks us, apparently just for show, and then does whatever the law enforcement lobby wants.
If you really are thinking about taking up the medical marijuana issue this year, I suggest you start soon. Patients will be getting together to write their own Medical Cannabis Patient Protection Act over the next 60 days. We'd be happy to have you, and other legislators, to sit in on a session a learn about what we really need....rather than just imposing your ideas on us. That method has proven to be a total disaster for both patients and law enforcement, as we've all seen with SB 5073.
As Dan Satterberg said, this should be a medical issue, NOT a law enforcement issue. Rather than just showing up at a dispensary rally, why don't you show up at the Board of Pharmacy meeting on June 8th and support our petition for hearings to reschedule marijuana right here in Washington State and then force the state AG to reschedule on a national basis?
We have to start with some basics....like rescheduling right here in Washington. Perhaps having a legislator who says he supports medical marijuana there supporting the petition might help. Thus far they've turned us down 3 times.
Don't just talk about it....put your money where your mouth is Roger.
Sarich, who we profiled in a cover story last year, cannot claim to speak for the entire medical-marijuana community. But he does have quite a following and is certainly abreast of the political realities of the medical-cannabis movement (even if he might be overly cynical about it).
So his blessing--or lack thereof--is nothing to be scoffed at. If anything, it shows just how divisive the issue of pot reform is even among those who support it.
At any rate, if Goodman was hoping for a rubber-stamp endorsement of his candidacy just because he says he'll work on marijuana issues, he's sorely mistaken.
Then again, if the pot movement doesn't get behind a candidate who sticks his neck out like this on their behalf, who will they get behind?