Pimping One’s Self

Or something like that.

I’ve been drinking this evening. I’m on my third beer. There. I said it. ‘Hic.’ Man, that was hard to say while the gas was rising. You know what I mean, the pipes go all tight and then the next thing you know it feels like a golf ball is moving up and it’s, ‘Hic?’

Yep. Been drinking.

I’m one of those beer drunks you don’t want in your place when you’re just trying to have a casual evening with a few friends and it’s like, “Who brought him?”

But I’m not at your place. I’m at mine. And I got’a keyboard. And I got the beer rage ‘a goin’ on.

So, I wrote a letter.

See, it stems from something I read in the local paper about a certain Senator Anne Rivers hiring a combat vet. Yes, that’s only newsworthy because undoubtedly the good Senator did a press release, or something. So, we now know the Senator has a “token” vet. Yawn.

Click here for the article

But…but, that pet bill (5887) she had going in the last legislative session would have been detrimental to vets! To put it mildly. You know, that bill that would have supposedly merged the recreational and medicinal cannabis “markets.” I’ve been seething for a couple of weeks now.

And then I drank half that third beer.

What was it Hemmingway said, “Write drunk, edit sober.” Something like that. The letter is in the envelope. It’s staged with the morning’s outgoing mail. Maybe I should read it before I put it in the box?

I’ll go ahead and post it here now though. I can edit this anytime. ‘Hic.’

Senator Anne Rivers 5-7-14
405 Legislative Building
P.O. Box 40418
Olympia, WA. 98504-0418

CC: Senator Annette Cleveland
49th District

Senator Rivers,
It was last month (the 25th) I read an article in the Columbian newspaper touting your new hire, a combat veteran (I see it’s on your website, as well). The article mentioned a bill you had proposed in the last session giving veterans preference in school security positions. To quote, “For me, to talk about veteran hiring practices and how we need to support returning veterans and not hire one seemed hypocritical.”

So, now you’ve got a “token” vet? I suppose from a marketing standpoint the publicity of your new hire is good hype. Yes, hype. But then, I guess a person can’t very well hire a dead vet now can they. So, hiring a living breathing veteran, probably, really is, a good thing. The stats say 22 died today of their own hand, and yesterday, and maybe tomorrow.

Your pet bill from last session (5887) would most likely help in keeping that statistic right where it is. You see, Senator, there were provisions in that bill that would have a medicinal cannabis recommendation for an individual relying on the VA near impossible. And what could that have to do with mortality rates among returning vets? Well, I’ll tell you.

Great strides have been made in Israel in treating people with PTSD with cannabinoids.
The University of Arizona is hoping to begin studies on the effects of cannabinoids on PTSD.
Many veterans report (anecdotal) relief from the administration of cannabis for their anxiety.

And you would tell them to just go to the neighborhood retail store (if they are lucky enough to have one within 100 miles) and pick something off of the shelf.

You, Senator Rivers, are either disconnected from the world, or…you’ve some sort of undisclosed agenda.

I have six to twelve cannabis plants growing at any time. There are three different varieties (or strains). I’ve chosen those varieties through trial and error over a seven year period. I harvest (net) an average of an ounce a month. I know exactly what those plants have been exposed to. From the produce I make several different types of medication.

I calculated the monthly power cost for the fluorescent lighting I use for my indoor cultivation. It came to eighteen dollars and change. With soft costs (water, nutrients, soil, etc.) I figure that ounce a month cost me around $25.00.

Though my VA doctors can’t make a cannabis recommendation, they have suggested I continue my regimen.

And you would strip me of my medical defense, my ability to provide for myself and have me go to “the company store” where an ounce will (undoubtedly) run well over $200.00? Senator, I’m broken. I’m on the dole drawing a meager stipend from some socialist program. I’d really rather that program wasn’t the county jail.

Did your new hire have to pass a pre-job U.A., Senator?



  1. lucecruz said,

    May 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I’d be interested to know what her response is.

    • capndrift said,

      May 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      I’d be surprised to get anything other than a form letter telling me all about her support for vets, totally bypassing my issue with her apparent conflicts with that support.

      That’s the way it normally goes; silence or brushed aside (shrug).

      I’ll post something, if I receive something to.

      • lucecruz said,

        May 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm

        I know what we expect. I’m hoping for the rare unexpected reply.

      • lucecruz said,

        May 8, 2014 at 7:43 pm

        And I’d just like to add that I an always surprised to hear about a politician that shits on people that have experience waging war. Seems awful risky to me, but then again, I’m just a taxpayer and one vote, and I know exactly what that gets me.

  2. capndrift said,

    August 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Been about three months now, and I’ve no response.

    You know, I know I’m not in her district, but still, you’d think me being a stakeholder and all, the staff would at least send off some sort of form letter about how her efforts are in the interest of “patients.”

    That’s what she was quoted as saying in the local paper. I guess she’s just too busy to explain it to me, one of the many she’s trying to ‘protect’ from the DEA. Yeah, right. At least she isn’t trying to sell me a bridge.


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