Dino Rossi comes out in support of legalizing opium

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.


  1. 1

    rhp6033 spews:

    Rossi really doesn’t care about the facts behind the research, or the potential medical benefits. He’s just looking for a quick sound bite which appeals to the Tea Party people.

    After all, he’s not running against Murray yet, he’s just trying to solidify his base, which he is in real danger of losing if Didier supporters don’t turn to him in the general election.

    Republicans today are like the movie studio moguls of their heyday, who said “Never let the facts get in the way of telling a good story”.

  2. 3

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Pretty funny.
    Who gives a shit about this one way or another.
    I don’t. It’s just more DISCRETIONARY Spending in a recession where our National Debt is escalating and destroying what makes America great.
    It’s immaterial in comparison to the $13.35 TRILLION and escalating National Debt.
    Some Hippy Researcher manages to score $148K of TAXPAYER MONEY to play around with pot.
    BTW, that $148K is something added to the National Debt that our grandkids will pay for.
    We need to focus on the immediate stopage of Deficit Spending.
    That is the Tea Party priority.
    This kind of spending is DISCRETIONARY.
    We must immediately eliminate all DISCRETIONARY Government Spending.

    There is always a good cause to try & justify adding to the National Debt.

    Do you KLOWNS understand the difference between Discretionary and Non-Discretionary Spending?
    I didn’t think so.

  3. 5

    Steve spews:

    “BTW, that $148K is something added to the National Debt that our grandkids will pay for.”

    Far better for the grandkids when tax cuts for the rich adds trillions to the national debt. heh- After a decade of tax cuts for the rich, just look at how well the economy is doing!

    ” the $13.35 TRILLION and escalating National Debt”

    Geez, I forget now, KLOWN, just how much of that debt was racked up on the watch of Republican administrations versus Democratic administrations?

  4. 6

    PassionateJus spews:


    You are calling research done at UW research done by “some hippy researcher”?

    You sir, are an idiot, just like your tea bagger friends. You don’t understand basic science nor do you understand how our society creates medicine. I bet you or one of your friends has taken medicine created through research funded by the federal government. You know, discretionary spending.

    Please stop taking all medicine immediately.

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    don spews:

    Dino doesn’t even know this is economic stimulus for southwestern Washington. After all, Frito-Lay has a plant in Vancouver. With more pot research, comes more stoners. More stoners mean more hungry stoners, and more sales of Cheetos. Profit!!!

  6. 8


    Cynical @3,

    I hope that when your time comes, you are not faced with suffering a slow and painful death while being denied effective pain management and other compassionate palliative care.

    But it sure would be ironic if you were.

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    masaba spews:

    Most basic research into new ideas for medicine is done through federal grants at the university level. Companies then take the best ideas coming out of the University system and turn them into $$$. If we cancel programs like this one, then we are effectively ending one of the most important sources of future drug research in this country.

    So, Cynical, you talk about what we can do for our children. I am personally glad that previous generations spent their time and resources developing anesthetics, vaccines, microsurgical techniques, and the drugs today that ease the pain and suffering of our population.

    Maybe you can say to your children with a straight face, ‘Sorry kids, we stopped all drug research in 2010 because the rich needed their tax breaks,’ but I don’t think I can.

  8. 10

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    This is DISCRETIONARY SPENDING in a time of economic crisis. ALL DISCRETIONARY SPENDING must stop immediately if we are to have any hope of getting the Mational Debt undercontrol.
    ObaMao has jacked it to over 90% of GDP.
    Closing in on Greece.

  9. 11

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Another thing–
    You stupid bastards actually believe that the Tax Increases as a result of allowing the Bush Tax Cuts to expire will have no unwanted consequences.
    How naive.
    Do you really think these tax increases will increase investment by the Private Sector?
    I thought you KLOWNS prided yourselves in Intellectual prowess.
    Yet you close your eyes and dream that increasing taxes will simply direct money out of the pockets of wealthy folks (Gates excluded of course) and into the Guv’mint coffers with no undesirable consequences.


    Isn’t there one true intellectual thinker amongst you that can acknowledge there will be some undesirable consequences…and the magnitude of those consequences??

    Good luck trying to outsmart tax advisors…CPA’s & Attorneys like Gates, Sr.
    They make fortune’s trying to guide clients thru the tax mine-field.
    Rich people are not stupid.
    They look at Rate-of-Return and Risk.
    Tax increases lower returns and increase risk.

    I’m communicating with fools who have zero experience running businesses and making payrolls. Guv’mint checks and guaranteed income with no risk.
    You don’t get it.
    Gregoire’s experience in private sector=ZERO

    Therein lies the problem. They cannot understand because they never risked capital.

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    You stupid bastards actually believe that the Tax Increases as a result of allowing the Bush Tax Cuts to expire will have no unwanted consequences.

    Heh. Yeah. Nobody got rich when Bill Clinton was President.

  11. 13

    Steve spews:

    “allowing the Bush Tax Cuts to expire will have no unwanted consequences”

    Yeah, passing those tax cuts for the rich a decade ago sure paid off big-time. heh- Everybody is now gainfully employed and the economy is humming.

  12. 14

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Republican ignorance has become so routine that I automatically vote for the “D” candidate in every election, because we have only one political party in this country now. I’m neither a partisan nor an ideologue, I’m simply indigenous wildlife looking for practical solutions to real-life problems, and you don’t find any of that in today’s GOP. This isn’t Eisenhower’s Republican Party anymore. The GOP is a carnival of sideshow freaks.

  13. 15

    SJ spews:


    Good post.

    All that this shows, is that Rossi and Lee ought to have a joint together. Fanatics freed each other!

    Like MANY other compounds, cannabanoids should be, and are, studied for possible benefit. There is nothing wrong with the proposed research, assuming she got the grant through the usual competitive process.

    Contrary to Lee’s rants and Rossi’s posing, there is NO law regulating the use of cannabanoids for research beyond the laws regulating every drug. In fact I have read that K2, a synthetic cannabinoid, is available with no prescription.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @11 “You stupid bastards actually believe that the Tax Increases as a result of allowing the Bush Tax Cuts to expire will have no unwanted consequences.”

    Well, extending them will have the unwanted consequence of increasing the deficit, the national debt, and borrowing from China. What good do you see coming from these tax cuts, goatfucker? A longer waiting list at the local yacht marinas? More crowding on the private jet taxiways at Boeing Field? Another blue-collar tax increase to build more skyboxes at Safeco and Qwest fields? How do true-blue working-class Americans — the producers, the people who built this country — benefit from tax giveaways to billionaires? Go back to fucking your goats! It’s the only thing you’re good at.

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    SJ spews:

    By the way, if you have not noted, Lee recently one the LEGO award given in honor of the LEGGO MY EGGO commercialism.

    The award, a beer stein with the words, “LEGO MY EGO” is given annualy by the editorial staff of Seattlejew.

    As chair of the award committee, perhaps we should give the same award to Rossi. I wonder if they will both come to our award ceremony?

  16. 18

    slingshot spews:

    Rossi is joining the long list of Teapublican retards: Ben Quayle, Michelle Bachmann, Mike Pampeo, Joe Barton, Rand Paul, Sharon Angle.

    Bing any of those names for a good laugh.

    Birds of a feather.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @8 “I hope that when your time comes, you are not faced with suffering a slow and painful death while being denied effective pain management and other compassionate palliative care.”

    That’s nothing, Goldy. Wait until he has to explain his life to Saint Peter at the security checkpoint at the Pearly Gates!

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @10 “This is DISCRETIONARY SPENDING in a time of economic crisis.”

    So is your recreational war in Iraq, corporate welfare, and tax giveaways to billionaires who use the money to buy foreign-built yachts and private jets. (Really, you don’t think anything as expensive as a yacht is built in the U.S. anymore, do you?)

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    Alki Postings spews:

    Republicans should NEVER have any opinion or input on ANY science issue. They’re not near smart enough to understand the concepts involved. Stick to magic and superstition guys.

    This guy wants to be my Senator and he’s attacking research in HIS own state because he’s not smart enough to understand that synthetic chemical cannabinoids isn’t the same thing as “smoking pot”…anymore than opioids are the same thing as shooting heroin? What an IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Republicans never understand science. They should stick to magic. I’m tied of attacks on science by idiots like this who don’t understand the issues, or use 20-50 year old research for their positions. Will the attack on logic and reason by Republicans EVER END!? Evolution isn’t true, but a magical man lives in the sky and grants wishes? Really? Are you sure the earth is 6,000 years old and not 4.5 billion years? Having magical beliefs or “opinions” is great, but leave the science to the smart folks. Granted you’ll still USE the science (which you think isn’t true) every day…you’ll use your iPhone, and listen to televangelists over geosynchronous satellites broadcasting microwave digitally encrypted time division multiplexed signals to ground based fiber optic networks to your plasma TV…all that you expect to work…except when you don’t like it. (sigh)

  20. 22

    Alki Postings spews:

    @11 “You stupid bastards actually believe that the Tax Increases as a result of allowing the Bush Tax Cuts to expire will have no unwanted consequences.”

    What a DUMB Republican. Making up facts and ignoring history. These taxes were SUPPOSED to expire…according to the Republican President who signed the bill. If they didn’t, it would MASSIVELY increase the debt (bigger than George W Bush’s already HUGE debt), which is why the actual fiscal conservative Republicans MADE THEM expire. This isn’t Obama’s bill..he’s just following what the fiscal conservative Republicans wanted. Shouldn’t that make a Republican happy?

  21. 24

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    So, you stupid bastards truly believe that the way to get the private sector to invest more in a recession is to raise their taxes.

    So much for intellectual Progressivism.
    It’s merely an emotional based movement short on facts/truth…but all about class warfare and control.
    It won’t work.
    Americans want to be free of government control.
    Tax increases empower government and take from the private sector.
    College students are leaning this lesson as we speak. Lots are frustrated with ObaMaoism. Being a Census worker and then going to the Soup Kitchen isnt the Hope & Change they were promised.

    And watch ObaMao add more & more to the National Debt THEY will have to work their entire lives to address is starting to resonate. These brain-washed college kids may be naive & gullible…but they are not STUPID!

    The covers are being ripped off Atheist Progressivism. And nobody wants the real thing they now see.

    Get back to your Guv’mint jobs.

  22. 25

    rhp6033 spews:

    24: You are still stuck repeating the old mantra that if we make the rich richer, then they will buy more items which the rest of us can work harder to supply to them.

    But if there was any shred of truth in that argument, ever, it ignores reality today.

    The rich in this country quite investing in U.S. infrastructure quite some time ago, and especially within the last ten years. They figure they can get much richer, much quicker, by investing in emerging economies such as China and India, and out-sourcing everything there. Other than that, they are just trying to take an ever-increasing share of our own remaining money through financial “services”, loans, and making money flipping stocks or property like they did in the tech or housing bubble.

    That’s why the “tax rebates” didn’t work. The hope was that taxpayers with extra money in their pockets would buy things which would create orders, and eventually jobs in the industrial centers. But since most people spent it on paying off bills or buying wide-screen TV’s built in China, it was a wasted effort – especially since the first one was only a short-term loan against any upcoming refund.

    If you really want to invest in America, then carefully craft policies to encourage manufacturing jobs in America. Don’t just give it to the rich and hope that they don’t use it to fund a portion of their monthly vaction to their second (or third, fourth, fith, sixth…) homes in the Bahamas.

  23. 27

    Steve spews:

    Lordy, if his shallow and insipid posts here offer any clue, then I can only imagine how fucked up Lost’s house-flipper projects must turn out. Although I suppose I should be glad he’s not involved in any major construction projects. Best that he leaves those to the likes of Max and myself.

  24. 29


    The KLOWN says the same thing every day, turns tail and runs.

    What a piece of work..

    Then November rolls around and shuts him up for awhile..

    There will be stuff for him to crow about this November but I highly doubt it will be the bonanza his type has been hoping for since Obama took office.

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    Zotz sez: Puddybud is just another word for arschloch spews:

    The insane party:

    “In my own mind, I have the same political philosophy I’ve always had–basically libertarian but tempered by Burkean small-C conservatism. But I am no longer a member of the Republican Party and no longer consider myself part of the “conservative movement.” That’s not because I changed, but because I believe that they have. The Republican Party of today is not the party of Jack Kemp and Ronald Reagan that I was once a member of; it stands for nothing except the pursuit of power as an end in itself, with no concern whatsoever for what is right for the country. In a recent interview with The Economist magazine, I characterized the Republicans as the greedy, sociopathic party. I stand by that,”

    Bruce Bartlett, economic adviser under Reagan and H.W. Bush.

  26. 31

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    25. rhp6033 spews:

    24: You are still stuck repeating the old mantra that if we make the rich richer, then they will buy more items which the rest of us can work harder to supply to them.

    Wrong rhp. Read what I said.
    It is about risking capital and returns rhp.
    Business decisions..that taxes & regulations impact.
    It’s not about rich folks making more money.
    It’s about any folks investing capital that will create jobs in the private sector.

    If you keep twisting what I said, you will never get it. You are smarter than that rhp.
    It’s about risking capital!

  27. 32

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    You should be more concerned about this top Democrat Senate Candidate charged by a Grand Jury with showing Porn to a college student!!


    Typical Democrat strategy.
    Ignore the on-goingcrushing of Atheist Progressivism and try to make a big deal outta nothing.

    By 2012, you KLOWNS will be a footnote in the history books and Obama will be ranked with Herbert Hoover & Jimmy Carter on the President’s list!


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    Sam spews:

    I love you goldy, but the punchline of this article is moronic. You should’ve stuck to “gee, Dino Rossi is a moron and doesn’t get his facts straight.” Instead you brought the ridiculous opium question into it and discredited the totally valid point you were making.

  29. 34

    rhp6033 spews:

    Cynical @ 32: I’ll be worried about Alan Green when you can explain to me how Alan Green managed to win the Democratic nomination in South Carolina the first place.

    He was unkown, unemployed and broke, but somebody fronted him the substantial filing fee to get on the primary ballot, despite not even (at the time) having a website or reporting any fundraising.

    Without appearing as even a blip in the pre-primary polling, he suddenly wins, by a convincing margin, the primary against an established and well-known Democratic candidate.

    The voting machines in S. Carolina leave no paper trail, and are essentially impossible to audit. There were hundreds of reports from voters that no matter how many times they tried to select the other Democratic candidate on their screen, it always registered the vote for Green.

    The voting process in S. Carolina is completely controlled by Republican elected officials.

    The Democratic Party in S. Carolina has called for Green to withdraw from the race since day one, and repeated the call for his withdrawal today. Under S. Carolina law, there is no other way to remove him from the ballot unless he voluntarily agrees to withdraw.

    For some reason, Green has refused to withdraw. He finally has a website up, but reports less than $1,000 raised so far in his quest for the Senate.

    It reminds me a lot of what “Deep Throat” told Woodward and Bernstein about Nixon and his re-election campaign: “They wanted to run against McGovern, not Muskie. Look who they ended up running against. McGovern.” Remember that Muskie’s campaign ultimately destructed over a letter, forged by Nixon’s “plumbers” and leaked to the press, which purportedly quoted him making prejudicial comments.

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    SJ spews:


    What makes you think that investments are dependent on the profits rich folks make after taxes?

    This has not bee true for a LONG time.

    The great bulk of capital is generated by the Fed Reserve and by mutual funds. Their main interest is NOT return on cpaital gains but the risk of investment.

    What determines risk? Mostly customers. What determines customers??? the answer is the middle class. If you kill the middle class, the entire economy ..even the rich will poof.

    Try it this way. You give Goldy $1000 and he will spend it .. on toys or necessities. Either way this creates a market others can sell into. Give that same $1000 to Blethen and what will he do with it?