Michelle Quist: I hate initiatives, but I signed the medical marijuana petition

Mostly because I felt pity for the harried guy shuffling around my neighborhood meeting door after door. Partly because I wanted to see who else on my block had signed it. But only somewhat because I wanted to see the initiative on the ballot.

I hate ballot initiatives. They are the worst way to legislate. They often are poorly worded, conflict with existing law and have unintended consequences that are hard to fix. And there’s little accountability for such unintended consequences. Whom are voters going to vote out when things go awry — themselves?

The legislative process works better when we can hold our own representative accountable in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.

With the recent proliferation of ballot initiatives, not only does money now rule our legislative process even more than it did before, but issue-backers now raise funds to collect signatures only to pull the rug out from all those voters with a “compromise” hashed out in a back room, behind a closed door in the Capitol.

The sheer waste of it all is such a First World embarrassment.

But back to medical marijuana. Out of all the initiatives, this is the one I wanted to see on the ballot, mostly because our prudishly Victorian Legislature has been so slow to respond to the obvious need. (Looking at you, state monopoly of alcohol.)

I suffer from chronic migraines. They’re nothing compared with some of the debilitating ailments listed on the initiative’s list of qualifying problems, including cancer, cerebral palsy and the like.

But they’re still bad. I get about five migraines a week. Along with the medicine I take when I feel one coming on, I take preventive medication (that obviously isn’t

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