Re: "A second chance to get medical marijuana right" (editorial, 2-20).
I take issue with a couple of statements in the editorial. The state of Washington adopted a law in November 1998 (Initiative 692), legalizing the use, possession and cultivation of cannabis for patients with a medical certificate. So using the word “medical” like this is simply an attempt to twist the law to fit your “opinion.”
The conclusion I take away from reading past the first paragraph is that yes, there have been abuses of the medical marijuana marketplace over the years. But remember, this is a market that has been regulated by the state and local law enforcement for over 14 years now.
I don’t see you saying a single word about how that system has failed so completely. Instead, what I read from this can easily be described by two simple words: demagoguery and truthiness.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a demagogue is a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason.
Wikipedia says that truthiness is a quality characterizing a "truth" that a person making an argument or assertion claims to know intuitively "from the gut" or because it "feels right" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination or facts.