The Russ Belville Show

There is a great scene in the Quentin Tarantino movie Inglorious Basterds where the Nazi-hunter played by Brad Pitt, Lt. Aldo Raine, is using his knife to carve a swastika scar into the forehead of the Nazi, Col. Hans Landa, he is releasing.  His reasoning?

Lt. Aldo Raine: I don’t blame ya! Damn good deal! And that purty little nest you feathered for yourself. Well, if you’re willing to barbecue the whole high command, I ‘spose that’s worth certain considerations. But I do have one question. When you get to your little place on Nantucket Island, I ‘magine you’re gonna take off that handsome-lookin’ S.S. uniform of yours, ain’tcha?… That’s what I thought. Now that I can’t abide. How ’bout you Utivich, can you abide it?

Pfc. Smithson Utivich: [finishes scalping Herrmann] Not one damn bit, sir.

Lt. Aldo Raine: I mean, if I had my way… you’d wear that goddamn uniform for the rest of your pecker-suckin’ life. But I’m aware that ain’t practical, I mean at some point you’re gonna hafta take it off. So. I’m ‘onna give you a little somethin’ you can’t take off.

[Cut to Landa screaming and crying as Raine carves a swastika into his forehead]

Lt. Raine could not abide the notion of Col. Landa taking off his Nazi uniform and not having to answer for all the death and destruction his service to Hitler brought about.

I was thinking of this today as I read the Esquire piece on that “great prohibitionist” Steve Sarich of CannaCare.  Here he is, pouring time and money into being the only organized opposition to marijuana legalization, proudly sporting that red No on I-502 t-shirt, and come November 7th, after I-502 wins, he’ll be able to take off that t-shirt.  And come December 6th, should state-licensed commercial marijuana take off, he could not only walk into any of the newly-legal weed stores to purchase legal marijuana, he could try to become a state-licensed grower, processor, or retailer to make money off of I-502!

Now, I don’t mean to equate No on I-502 opposition to the abominations of Nazi Germany.  I also don’t think it’s good policy to cut scars into people’s foreheads for later identification.

However, I think all of the people who smoke pot and have been so vocal about defeating I-502 owe the rest of us healthy pot smokers a pledge to put their money where their mouth is.  So to Steve Sarich, Steve Elliott, Philip Dawdy, Doug Hiatt, Jeff Steinborn, Kari Boiter, Anthony Martinelli, and all the various commenters who show up in every blog piece about I-502 to spew their prohibition-supporting rhetoric, I call on them all to take…

The No on I-502 Pledge

Whereas the passage of Initiative 502 in Washington State to legalize an ounce of marijuana and institute state-licensed commercial marijuana operations is “bad law and will not pass”;

Whereas the passage of Initiative 502 will “throw patients under the bus”;

Whereas the passage of Initiative 502 “is not true legalization”;

I, ______________, do solemnly swear or affirm that I will take no profit from Initiative 502 when it passes on November 6th, 2012.

I will never enter a Washington state-licensed recreational marijuana store.

I will never become a state-licensed grower, processor, or retailer of recreational marijuana.

I will never write a review for a Washington state-licensed recreational marijuana store.

I will never smoke any marijuana that came from a Washington state-licensed grower, processor, or retailer.

If I am ever in an encounter with law enforcement and I have less than an ounce of marijuana in my possession, I will donate what would have been the misdemeanor fine to charity and what would have been the 24hr mandatory minimum jail stay I will perform as hours of community service.

Now to be fair, I’m sure they’ll want some return pledge from us to cover all the devastation that will be wrought because of the per se DUID standard.  So pro-legalization voters, I will call on you in return to take…

The Yes on I-502 Pledge

Whereas the passage of Initiative 502 in Washington State to legalize an ounce of marijuana and institute state-licensed commercial marijuana operations has made a concession on marijuana impaired driving not consistent with actual impairment;

Whereas some medical marijuana patients fear Initiative 502 will mean the end of their driving privileges;

Whereas marijuana prohibition has to end somehow and Initiative 502 is our best hope to do that;

I, ______________, do solemnly swear or affirm that I will for one month chauffeur any marijuana consumer convicted of a 5ng per se DUID.

I will also pay the court costs and attorney fees of any marijuana consumer convicted of a 5ng per se DUID.

However, to prove the marijuana consumer would not have been convicted of a DUID anyway without Initiative 502, the marijuana consumer must provide evidence of a Washingtonian who was acquitted of a DUID with the same ng/ml reading entered into trial evidence before Initiative 502.

Furthermore, for every marijuana consumer who beats a DUID charge when they have less than 5ng THC in their blood we subtract one day from the chauffeur duties penalty.

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  • deuce42

    “However, to prove the marijuana consumer would not have been convicted of a DUID anyway without Initiative 502, the marijuana consumer must provide evidence of a Washingtonian who was acquitted of a DUID with the same ng/ml reading entered into trial evidence before Initiative 502.”

    There’s no way to do that as nobody keeps stats on marijuana only DUIs. I just talked with the Okanogan County Prosecutor on Thursday about this and how I could go about trying to find those kinds of stats. He directed me to the Washington State Patrol, but said they probably don’t keep track either.

    “Furthermore, for every marijuana consumer who beats a DUID charge when they have less than 5ng THC in their blood we subtract one day from the chauffeur duties penalty.’

    I don’t think that’s possible either and would require hiring people to keep tabs on every court in Washington State. You might get it in a few years once per se laws are in place, but not any time soon for it to matter with this challenge.

    • http://radicalruss.com/ RadicalRuss

      Sure there is a way to do that! Put out an ad on Craigslist and your newspapers: “Were you arrested for a DUID? Did you test >5ng THC in blood and then get an acquittal? WE NEED YOU!” You only need to find me one.

      Here’s a stat we do know: In Colorado as they discussed the 5ng bill in the legislature, opponents testified that the limit was unnecessary because, under current laws, prosecutors already get a 90% conviction rates in DUID cases.

      Or as I read it, 9 out of 10 toker drivers gets that DUID NOW. And that’s with no limit, so some of them are getting DUIDs for <5ng, which won't be an issue after I-502.

      So, really, you're arguing to protect the 10% chance you can get away with a DUID when your blood is over 5ng active impairing THC. And when you do, you convince another soccer mom the YES side seems more sensible.

      Now, how many times have you been arrested for marijuana DUID in the past decade? In that time, 220,000 Washingtonians got a criminal drug record and a mandatory 24hrs in jail for <1oz of weed. Many of them lost jobs, scholarships, and families over that bust.

      • deuce42

        “Put out an ad on Craigslist and your newspapers”

        No thanks. It takes a twisted kind of logic to believe that per se laws on cannabis are scientific and that more DUI arrests on unimpaired cannabis users is a good thing.

        • http://radicalruss.com/ RadicalRuss

          Not any more twisted than voting for your own continued criminality and that thousands of people should get permanent records as drug criminals to protect the <10% chance someone driving with over 5ng of active impairing THC in their blood can get out of a DUID charge.

          • Greenlv

            Colorado passed without the DUI and No Home Grow, how bout that ‘radical’?
            Concessions that you said ‘Washington had to make’ and Colorado’s win verifies and validates everything the anti-i502 crowd was trying to tell you, you chubby-bald-dumbass, self-agradizing, dumb-fuck-punk!!!
            You know way too little ‘radical’, you are a tool.
            I502 Is BAd LAw and Fat-ass-bald ‘radical’ helped make it happen.

          • http://radicalruss.com/ RadicalRuss

            Hurts to lose, doesn’t it? But really, you could’ve taken the time to throw in one more ad hominem attack and make it an even ten.

            You know so little about politics that it is barely worth the keystrokes to explain it to you, but here goes:

            States are different.

            For example, Barack Obama ran the same campaign on the same issues in both Texas and California. But he only won California. Why is that?

            States are different.

            So if you were to run Colorado’s Amendment 64 in Washington State, you seem to think it would have passed. I-502 received 55.35% of the vote in Washington and A64 received 54.94% in Colorado.

            But Washington ain’t Colorado.

            According to the polling done by the Washington campaign, 6 more people would vote for 502 with the DUID for every 1 of you for whom that was a dealbreaker. They also found that including homegrow would lose more voters than it won. Considering the polling showed 502 between 52% – 57% and it landed smack in the middle at 55%, I believe that they accurately surmised the political landscape in Washington State.

            Plus, per se DUID was a “must have” if 502 was going to pull in $6 million in funding and the high-profile law enforcement support it needed to pass.

            These considerations weren’t necessary for Colorado. They’ve already had several political fights over DUID and beaten it back into being tabled (for now). They’ve had a robust system of well-regulated dispensaries that have softened up the public to the idea of cannabis cultivation generally. And… it’s Colorado, where they have twice before attempted to legalize marijuana, where numerous cities already basically have (Breck), and Hunter S. Thompson once roamed the land.

            In Washington, the issue of driving while stoned had never been politically addressed. The system of cultivation is still controversial outside King County. And, aside from King County, it’s Washington. Amendment 64, run in Washington, would have lost with 49% of the vote, if that.

            Without New Approach Washington leading the charge, making the tough calls, pulling in the big donors, and publicizing the law enforcement support, we’d have just had another go-round of Sensible Washington promising the moon, pretending voters would actually pass “remove all pot laws and leave nothing in their place”, gathering only half the sigs, and leaving you nothing to vote on.

            Or maybe this time they would have made the ballot… and gotten no funding, had no advertising, and been worshiped by you and all the navel-gazing pot aficionados with little grasp of politics who see it as “true legalization” that the people are just sure to pass, donchaknow?

            Kinda like Oregon and Measure 80 and 45% of the vote.

            I expect you to never set foot in an I-502 shop, to never grow for an I-502 shop, to never own or work in an I-502 shop, and should you have an encounter with law enforcement where you have <1oz of weed on you, I want you to donate the 24hr mandatory minimum jail sentence to time in community service and your $1,000 fine to the Red Cross.

            Meanwhile, I'll hold up my end of the bargain. Not only will I continue to drive in Washington State without fear, I will chauffeur you for a month if you should ever get a per se DUID conviction. All you have to do to prove that you wouldn't have also gotten a conviction pre-502 is to find me someone in Washington history who had the same ng/mL you did and got an acquittal.

            Please keep stopping by, though. It amuses me to no end when someone calling me a dumbass and a dumb-fuck can't spell or punctuate.

        • OHDisqusNSA666100

          Twisted logic?

  • deuce42

    “I, ______________, do solemnly swear or affirm that I will take no profit from Initiative 502 when it passes on November 6th, 2012.”

    To do so would leave us open to criminal charges and loss of our right to defend ourselves under RCW 69.51a and the common law medical necessity defense.

    “If I am ever in an encounter with law enforcement and I have less than an ounce of marijuana in my possession, I will donate what would have been the misdemeanor fine to charity and what would have been the 24hr mandatory minimum jail stay I will perform as hours of community service.”

    I am a medical cannabis patient and we are not subject to a misdemeanor fine when we have up to 24 ounces. Nor do I or others worse than myself have the money to pay for it as many are disabled and on a limited income. Considering many patients grow for themselves and therefore have more than an ounce, what good will this do? Glad to know you have enough money to pay for adequate legal representation, unlike the majority of people who get pushed through the court system and end up with public defenders who work towards plea deals.

    • http://radicalruss.com/ RadicalRuss

      Well, then, you gots yours, don’t you? I-502 changes NOTHING about your medical necessity defense AND adds protection from arrest for up to an ounce that you don’t have now!

  • deuce42

    “Now, I don’t mean to equate No on I-502 opposition to the abominations of Nazi Germany.”

    It was an accident, I’m sure.

    I do notice from reading the history books that the Nazi’s liked to exterminate the weak and ill.

    • OHDisqusNSA666100

      Why do you advocate the burning of history books?

  • DarkerMatter

    Taking into consideration the fact that no on 502 people lack critical thinking skills, i will have compassion and give mercy to their dimwitted souls.

    • http://twitter.com/raychristlTHC ray christl

      Well said,but I’ve still defriended all with NO on 502/64 & won’t be adding them again any time soon…they are dimwitted souls, or the power of ‘sour grapes’ for those lame Sen-Wah dudes.

  • Dave Jensen

    the main part Russ ol buddy ol pal, less government control. Get it? Stay the fuck out of our State, we’ll take care of ourselves. You’ve created your own shit storm in Cali, stay there. Oh, and please do not email me directly again. I’m surprised Danko still even talks to you.

    • http://radicalruss.com/ RadicalRuss

      I live in Oregon. I don’t recall ever emailing you directly. I will go to any state I please. Danny Danko is a dear friend of mine. And for someone who wants less government control, how does defending the police state’s ability to fuck up your life over less than an ounce of marijuana figure into that?

  • dug420

    that dude dave is PISSED about weed?? whatever . here in the central valley we have hardly any clouds even, let alone radical Russ related (shit) storms.

  • Bud 72

    Just an occasional visitor to this site happy about the wins in Washington and Colorado, but boy these no on I-502 people are completely deluded! It always boils down to “I have mine and that should be good enough for you!” Don’t take any guff from these swine Russ!