MPP’s Kampia Publishes Misleading Chart About I-502


Mary Jane’s House of Glass
Rob Kampia, shown here partying at the Playboy Mansion, doesn’t seem too concerned about getting a marijuana DUI. Oh yeah, those are only for Washington state, right?

Rob Kampia, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project, published a Huffington Post column this week which included a chart supposedly illustrating “the Facts on I-502” which included an unintentionally humorous section.

Under “Arrests,” the chart tells us “If I-502 passes in WA on November 6th,” “NO ARRESTS,” and then in smaller print, “as long as you’re complying with the new law.” Gee, Rob, how many law degrees do you have, again?
It’s much the same with the rest of the chart. Under “Penalty for Wholesale Cultivation,” it’s “NO PENALTY if you have a marijuana producer’s license.” What the chart doesn’t tell you is that after an initial $250 setup fee, “marijuana producer’s licenses” will cost $1,000 per year (expect this number to go up quickly.)
Even the chart has to admit that the penalty for growing your own “Doesn’t change from current law. Manufacture becomes legal for licensed producers, not for home growers.”
Kampia, much of whose staff at MPP resigned a couple years ago after a sex scandal, spends most of the article lecturing Washington state activists on how the 502 debate is “off-track,” presumably because patients are insisting upon actually reading and questioning the legislation upon which they’re being asked to vote.

The entire article is unbelievably misleading, disingenuous, and condescending, but the obtuse cluelessness of the chart is particularly galling.
Yeah, there you have it, folks: “NO ARRESTS.” Right.
As long as you never drive, there will be no DUID issues. (Many scientists and physicians agree that I-502’s arbitrary and unscientific cutoff point of 5 ng/ml will ensnare many unimpaired drivers, particular medical marijuana patients.)
As long as you never grow, there will be no cultivation issues. (Home cultivation will carry the same penalties under I-502 as before.)
And as long as you never pass a joint to a friend, there will be no felony “distribution” issues. (Do you really think marijuana is “legal” when you can be thrown in jail on felony charges for simply passing a joint to a friend?)
So much for bringing Washington, D.C. thinking to Washington state!