The Oregonian’s Jeff Mapes slams Dino Rossi for slamming a WSU researcher:
Usually, politicians like to promote the research being conducted at their local universities.
But Republican Dino Rossi is accusing a professor at Washington State University’s Vancouver campus of conducting “one of those boondoggle projects” involving federal stimulus money.
WSU psychology professor Michael Morgan received a $148,000 grant to study whether cannabinoids could enhance the ability of opioids to relieve pain. But cannabinoids are the active ingredients in marijuana, and of course, we can’t have any of that:
“Washington state taxpayers are tired of their money going up in smoke,” Rossi said in a press release Thursday. “This bill isn’t going to stimulate anything other than the sale of Cheetos.”
Ha, ha, ha… Cheetos. Clever. Except, Prof. Morgan’s study has nothing to do with Cheetos. Or pot smoking. Or even pot.
Morgan said his research doesn’t involve any pot smoking. Instead part of it involves dosing rats with a synthetic cannabinoid. But any connection with marijuana is enough to bring out the stoner jokes and make it all sound like a waste of taxpayer money.
Huh. So I can only assume that if Dino Rossi knows that cannabinoids are the active ingredient in marijuana, he must also know that opioids are the active ingredient in, you know, opium, from which heroin is manufactured. And since he voices no opposition to the study of opioids, I can only assume he’s in favor of opium’s legalization and widespread use. In fact, it’s reasonable to wonder if Rossi is a smackhead himself?
Which of course, would explain a lot about Rossi’s 2010 campaign.