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Former 502 Backer Now Says New Pot Law Too Restrictive

Posted on  December 14, 2012 by  News Admin

 "I now question whether Washington state's initiative needed to be as restrictive as it is." ~ Norm Stamper, former police chief of Seattle Norm Stamper -- the former police chief of Seattle and current member of legalization group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) who was one of the biggest supporters of I-502 in Washington state -- now says that the measure is probably too restrictive. While it's a real shame that Norm couldn't have taken a closer look at the restrictive and downright scary portions of I-502 before giving countless interviews and writing dozens of letters to the editor in support of the measure, the former cop's about-face does highlight the glaring flaws in Washington's "legalization" law, and serves to temper the euphoria which has gripped many in the Evergreen State's cannabis community. Just a month after the election, Stamper told the Seattle Weekly's Nina Shapiro, "I now question whether Washington state's initiative needed to be as restrictive as it is." One of the biggest flies in the ointment is I-502's DUI provision, which establishes a "per se" standard of five nanograms per milliliter of active THC in the blood. This means that anyone with more than that amount will get an automatic conviction for driving while impaired -- even if they aren't actually, you know, impaired. Medical marijuana activists, including myself, argued during the campaign that the 5 ng/ml provision would essentially render patients and other heavy marijuana users legally unable to drive, because many of us wake up, unimpaired,...