Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Washington's Marijuana Decrim Bill: State Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing

This Washington Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Senate SB 5615, to decriminalize the possession of 40 grams or less of marijuana, took place Tuesday, February 10, 2008, in Olympia.

The marijuana discussion begins around 1 hour, 32 minutes, 36 seconds into the video presentation (it is easy to skip to this part by moving and clicking appropriately on the progress bar).

Shankar Narayan of the Washington ACLU was there to eloquently and effectively go to bat for decrim, as was former State Representative Toby Nixon, bill sponsor Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, John Cary of the King County Bar Association, and Jeremy Miller of the Olympia Hemp, Love, and Freedom Foundation.

After the informative and intelligent contributions of others, Seth Dawkins took the hearing off on a surreal and bizarre tangent as he wove a breathless mix of half-truths, botched studies, woeful inaccuracies, and outright lies in his irrational opposition to marijuana decriminalization.


bpm2000 said...

Do you have any idea where one can find his studies he is referring to? Dude sounds like a DARE cop.


☮~alapoet~☠ said...

bpm2000, I don't really know, but I would suspect it's the typical ONDCP rigged research, where first they arrive at the desired "finding," and then torture their study results until that outcome is obtained.

xenophon said...

The difference in presentations between the people defending reform, and people opposing reform illustrates the poor quality and obsolete misrepresentations, and false clich├ęs nobody has believed for forty years are all the anti-reform people have to argue with. While the people arguing for reform not only have popular backing, but a formidable array of scientifically accurate information that paints a very different picture of marijuana than the drug warriors would have us believe.