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Virginia paper editorializes on San Diego marijuana case

January 1, 2010 - 8:23 pm

It’s always neat to see how far and wide news we publish spreads. For example, my recent reporting on James Dean Stacy—a medical-marijuana provider facing prosecution who is claiming that Obama entrapped him—was mentioned on the national news site Politico by one of my news-crushes Ben Smith.  OK, it was only a single line in a link-dump, but still, it made me blush.

Now, a small paper serving Harrisonburg in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley has seen fit to make the story the subject of its New Years Day editorial adding the story to its “Theater of the Absurd.”

I won’t copy/paste any of it here because there really isn’t a lot that didn’t already appear in our story. And as far as starting thoughtful dialog, there was this one comment

President Obama and his disciples don’t take terrorism seriously, and they don’t take crime seriously.  Should we be surprised, then, when some hippie opens a “medical marijuana” shop, or when a Muslim terrorist tries to blow up a plane, both thinking that there will be no consequences?  Sadly, in both cases, they’re both probably right.  I seriously doubt the dope smoking hippie gets any time, and the Muslim terrorist, even if convicted, could get as little as 20 years.  This president is a complete disgrace, and an enemy of this country.

and then the reader discussion devolved into general hating on Obama’s softness on terror. Oh well.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2010 - 9:26 am 9:26 am

    you forgot to mention that the news-record and it’s commenters are what passes for “moderates” in that part of Virginia. seriously. i lived out that way for most of the Clinton era.

  2. January 2, 2010 - 1:20 pm 1:20 pm

    Oh, I didn’t forget. I didn’t know! Thanks for chiming in with that information.

  3. marilyn stacy permalink
    January 21, 2010 - 7:08 pm 7:08 pm

    Why assume James Stacy is a “dope smoking hippie.” I can assure you he’s anything but that. He is a very kind, serious man who has spent his life trying to do the right thing, helping others, and following the law. In California, as in 13 other states, the voters agreed that medical marijuana has many benefits, and that the people who live there have the right, with a doctor’s recommendation, to use medical marijuana. Since I had cancer and had surgery, chemotherapy and radiation three years ago James is quite aware of how hard and how debilitating it can be. I met people in California recently who have suffered greatly. Why label them in derogatory terms. I wonder if people who are so critical of James and others realize that research (including government research) shows that marijuana does indeed have many medical benefits. Open your minds folks. You might find there’s room in there for the truth.

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