Last week, the Liquor Control Board held a public input meeting where patients were invited to react to the LCB’s recommended rules for marijuana (including taking away home grow and all collectives)… I drove 2 hours to be there and waited 2 more to speak.
Now, I wasn’t really expecting a pat on the back from Washington N.O.R.M.L., but then again I wasn’t expecting them to attack me for speaking up, either.
“Not in a position to negotiate with anyone who could potentially effect [sic] the law”… really, Kevin Oliver of the National Organization of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Board of Directors, and state director of Washington NORML? You know this was a PUBLIC HEARING and I’m a citizen of Washington State, right?
So when a patient does bother to show up and actually relate his concerns to the Board, you have an interesting reaction to that, Kevin Oliver of the NORML Board of Directors. You have a rather odd way of making patients feel politically empowered and a part of the process. Because surely that’s what you’re doing, right?
(Since you seem to have some surprising abilities — after all, you were able to somehow divine that I am not a “pure activist” and that I am motivated by “sociopathic narcissism,” this without ever having met me! — perhaps you’d care to analyze me in person.)
Do the guys at Norml tell you to motivate marijuana activists this way? Y’all might wanna look into some alternative methods of encouraging people to get involved…
Kevin Oliver marginalizing the efforts of others by saying “you are not a pure activist” reminds me of the “No True Scotsman” fallacy.
No True Scotsman is an informal fallacy, an ad hoc attempt to retain an unreasoned assertion. When faced with a counterexample to a universal claim (“no Scotsman would do such a thing”), rather than denying the counterexample or rejecting the original universal claim, this fallacy modifies the subject of the assertion to exclude the specific case or others like it by rhetoric, without reference to any specific objective rule (“no true Scotsman would do such a thing”).