John Donovan 
Member since Mar 31, 2011

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Re: “Idaho House (aka the Simplot Mansion)

J.R. Simplot was a great man. He has done a much to put this valley on the map and has given millions to our community. Respect is in order.
That said, it is sad to see that we can afford to renovate a Capitol for the benefit of very very few, provide tax breaks for Big Tobacco and multi-national corporations, and maintain a multi-million dollar estate for our esteemed leader and his wife to occasionally grace- all at a cost to the unfortunate who could use public assistance and to the children who could use public education.

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Posted by John Donovan on 04/01/2011 at 11:01 PM

Re: “House Committee Hears Emotional Testimony on Medical Marijuana

There's just no way Idahoans will allow medical cannabis because they just don't rate compassion too high up there on the charts, generally. Sorry neighbors, but when you look at demographics and voting history, Idahoans are fairly inhospitable compared with the rest of the nation, especially in the west. Just won't happen. Law enforcement would make the call, not the compassionate. Were there to be a national bill passed, Idaho would sue the feds.
Also, if there is a bill sponsored, it won't allow patients to grow their own medicine. This makes it a higher profile boutique therapy, effectively eliminating me from the scene. I cannot come up with $300-500/ ounce (yes an ounce!, not pound) for this fancy schmancy corporatized indoor plant(!). Nor can most of those who need it the most. Will medicare cover it? Insurance? No, it's purely cash.
I can just see it now as the HP/Micron engineer pulls up in his shiney new Beamer/Vette/Escalade and bounds in for his monthly treat-whilst the less fortunate get tossed into prison for a couple scrawny plants in the bedroom closet of their tiny apartment.
Why reinvent the wheel? Every state starts the process this way with testimony and arguements pro and con, but what the basic arguement boils down to is does the healthy and wealthy care enough about the poor and the ailing to overcome thier opinions and fears and try to help.
Considering the success Oregon has had with their bill that doesn't allow selling for profit and allows seasonal outdoor growing and generosity, why cannot we adopt their bill and just change the Oregons to Idahos and the Salems to Boises?
Why not? Because Idaho is full of Idahoans, not Oregonians.


Posted by John Donovan on 03/31/2011 at 5:39 PM

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