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NORML's St. Pierre Calls Marijuana Dispensaries 'Moonshiners'

Posted on  November 28, 2012 by  News Admin

 Medical marijuana patients in Washington state are offended after Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), called medicinal cannabis dispensaries "moonshiners" in a Huffington Post interview. "They're moonshiners," St. Pierre said of the dispensaries which opposed Initiative 502, passed by 54 percent of Washington voters. "It's a tiny group of people who don't comport." Of course, painting all Washington patient collectives with this broad brush -- especially when St. Pierre is 2,600 miles away and doesn't know what the FUCK he's talking about -- is the height of irresponsibility. I've been in close to 90 medical marijuana access points in Washington state, and I can personally tell you that the vast majority are not profiteers, and definitely not "moonshiners." "Now patients that grow in collective gardens are 'moonshiners' according to the head of NORML!" responded patient advocate Steve Sarich of Cannacare on Facebook Wednesday morning. "Only state-run marijuana is acceptable to NORML?" Sarich, who was also interviewed by HuffPost, said neither he nor the contributors to his "No on I-502" campaign opposed the measure for financial reasons. "There may be a few that are making some money, but most of them are just paying the rent," Sarich said on Monday. The No on I-502 campaign had argued that the ballot measure inappropriately makes medical marijuana users subject to prosecution -- even when unimpaired -- under the initiative's new DUID (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs) provision. The initiative sets the per se...