Last week on The Daily Weekly Nina Shapiro posted about the fresh $1 million TV advertising blitz on behalf of Initiative 502 that's specifically targeted at woman. I-502, pushed by New Approach Washington, seeks to legalize and regulate marijuana use in our state. New Approach Washington's Alison Holcomb says the TV ads targeted at woman are designed to tackle the pot legalization gender divide, given the fact far less women than men seem to support it.
As the post notes:
"Women tend to support reform less strongly than men do," Holcomb says. She points to a statewide SurveyUSA poll (scroll down to no. 15) that came out in July. Overall, the poll showed a majority supporting I- 502. But only 49 percent of women said the initiative should be enacted, whereas 62 percent of men gave their blessing.
Why the divide? "That's a great question," Holcomb says. She speculates that women don't respond to either side of what has become a polarized debate-- with "hardliner, Reefer Madness [anti-marijuana] warriors" on one side and on the other pot-lovers who like to haul out all the ostensible benefits of imbibing.
As has become a somewhat regular occurrence, the I-502-related post inspired feedback from marijuana activist Steve Sarich, a man who's pro-pot but anti-I-502. Then Sarich's commentary brought out a few comments of its own.
As James R. Hoye writes:
Why don't you committed Dopers just give up on trying to force your views on the rest of us, smoke your dope in privacy and stay off the road so as to minimize th threat to the rest of us.
I'm seventy years old, crippled by gout and in constant pain and I won't use marijuana or any other drug that impairs my ability to reason in order to lessen that pain , and you and those like you are just self centered fools who don't care who you hurt in the process of getting your own way, so expect no sympathy or support from me or others like me.