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July 23, 2008 3:50 PM
Posted by Kate Riley
Seattle's nanny-ness is official.
Reason, a feisty magazine with a libertarian bent, has deemed the Emerald City as the second worst nanny-state city in America. Only Chicago ranked lower on the list of 35 featured in the magazine's September issue.
It's not talked about much in tight-smile Seattle, but this is a very, um, nurturing place. Our citizens' best interests are carefully tended to by government that knows best.
July 23, 2008 1:09 AM
Posted by Bruce Ramsey
My Wednesday column is a mini-profile of Doug Hiatt, the Seattle attorney whose entire law practice is representing medical-marijuana users. He is a walking think-tank of the law, the chemistry, the medical studies and the social scene of the users. He is voluble, driven, energetic. As I interview him, flashes of anger crackle like mini lightning. What is the matter with people? He is defending sick people—people who are self-medicating with a house plant. Why harass them? They’re ill. A lot of them are terminally ill. Why arrest them and search their places and cause them grief? Why tell them they can’t use this house plant, but have to a pill produced by the pharma industry? Especially when the pill does not work so well, and has worse side effects and costs $10 or more a pill? Hiatt is fired up. Why are people so messed up on this topic? “This just makes me crazy,” he says.
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