As with any Seattle Weekly article on marijuana legalization, Nina Shapiro's Pot Mama--an in depth profile of Alison Holcomb, the crater of I-502 and founder New Approach Washington--garnered more than its fair share of contentious commentary. Here are some gems from the multi-day mudslinging.
Some online denizens weighed in with just a few choice lines. Tonydfixer cast doubt on the predicted price increase on legalized marijuana:
"Show me the people selling ounces of cannabis for $200. Stienborn you must be buying ditch weed."
Jway87 lamented the lives and money wasted in the drug war:
"After seventy years of prohibition, it's obvious that the federal marijuana prohibition causes FAR more harm than good and must END! Drug Dealers Don't Card, Supermarkets Do."
Longtime medical marijuana activist turned anti-I-502 crusader Steve Sarich was quick to dismiss the initiative's impact on the drug war:
"I-502 is a scam supported by Nixon's Drug Czar Robert Dupont to move the war on drugs from possession to DUIDs."
But the vast majority of the comments -190 and counting--came from just four people. Armed with a lot of time and conviction, users 206BenJammin and Skeptic defended Holcomb's plan for Washington while users worthingtonjw2u and Highlander420 railed against it. Their (still-live) feud began with speculations on I-502's impact on patients' rights, industrial hemp and federal involvement, but quickly devolved to a standard internet flame war, complete with nasty personal attacks, Google-searched identities and "You're too stoned to understand anything" deflections. Ultimately, their bickering boiled down to one question, "Is I-502 a step forward?"
Facebook user Sky Nielson summed up the effectiveness of their arguments:
"No. Nothing in this 7 pages makes me want to change my mind."