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I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED with your “City Desk” note on Aug. 11 about the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Your characterization of the supposed lack of unity “within” the group is contradicted by the very facts you print. All of the attacks seem to come from people on the outside looking in.
But what seems like gross negligence on the part of your columnist is printing the false charge by a former disgruntled employee that NORML’s “office reeked of pot” without some sort of independent verification. Do you have any standards for reporting, or is Washington City Paper merely a loudspeaker for whatever whim may catch your fancy? Surely, leveling charges that those working hard to reform our draconian drug prohibition laws regularly permit felonious behavior on the premises warrants more in-depth investigation before going to press.
As a NORML member, and as a professional vendor, I have visited NORML’s office several times over the past year-and-a-half. Never have I witnessed any evidence of inappropriate behavior in that office. I can solidly vouch for the professional nature by which the current staff carries out their duties, in particular the skilled leadership offered by Allen St. Pierre.
It would seem to me that if Ms. Green and her newly formed group were truly interested in fighting prohibition, they would point more of their time, talent, and resources at the politicians who built their careers on the drug war. Instead, they fight other groups who should be their allies. What a pity. What a waste. What a childish temper tantrum. It’s little wonder that any government law enforcement agency can now whisper the word “drugs,” as they did in Waco, and suddenly be armed with a military arsenal, while the rational people trying to change the law make little headway.
President and CEO, The Monticello Group, Logan Circle