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Kirkland State Rep. Roger Goodman Reportedly Drove After Using Marijuana

The Sammamish Review reports that in divorce proceedings, the legislator's wife accused Roger Goodman -- a champion of tougher DUI laws -- of driving after using pot. Goodman denies ever having driven under the influence.

State Rep. Roger Goodman of Kirkland--chairman of the House Public Safety Committee--has been accused in divorce proceedings of driving after using marijuana, according to a story by the Sammamish Review.

Goodman, a Democrat who represents the 45th District, is in the midst of a divorce from his wife of 16 years, Liv Grohn. In an Oct. 4 court filing, the Sammamish Review reports, Grohn accused Goodman of “willful disregard for our children’s safety by repeatedly driving them while stoned.”

Goodman, re-elected to a third term last November, has built a reputation in the state House of Representatives as a champion of tougher laws on driving under the influence. His 45th Legislative District includes much of Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville and Sammamish.

But the Review, citing court filings, said Grohn recounted an incident in June of 2011 when she found him “reeking of marijuana” as he was preparing to drive their children to the beach.

The story said Goodman denied ever having driven within three hours of using pot, and that he noted he had never been pulled over or arrested for driving under the influence.

Goodman, who supported the legalization of marijuana, told the Review that he “is not perfect” regarding drug use, but denied ever having driven while under the influence.

Grohn apparently filed for divorce from Goodman last October.

Patch has left a message with Goodman and will update this story if he responds.

For the Sammamish Review story, click here.

Trent Latta February 28, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Uncorroborated and unconfirmed private divorce proceeding allegations do not undermine the stellar credentials of Roger Goodman, who is a state legislator that has proven, over and over, that he is a stalwart for public safety. Someone need not personally undergo divorce proceedings to understand that a soon-to-be-former spouse’s comments are often regrettable and said merely in the heat of an emotionally taxing time. Roger Goodman is a legislator who is helping our state by making our streets safer, as so many organizations, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, have publicly acknowledged.
Linda McDonald Witt February 28, 2013 at 01:59 AM
I'll take Goodman at his word that he has never driven under the influence...but he is still indirectly acknowledging that he is an "imperfect" pot smoker.
kl February 28, 2013 at 02:27 AM
He is a hypocrite! I wonder what else he has done...
MGL February 28, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Divorce is a tragic and trying time for a family. Emotions run high. If we really care about the Goodmans, especially their children, we need to respect their privacy. I've worked with Roger for many years. He cares deeply about his family and would never endanger them or his fellow citizens. Printing uncorroborated accusations as fact, particularly in this situation, is irresponsible journalism.
SeattleVike February 28, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Really? We can all be accused of anything. Divorce has no limitations. Ridiculous that it's even a story.
Yosemite February 28, 2013 at 07:18 AM
"told the Review that he “is not perfect” regarding drug use, " I really wish he'd let the public know about his "not perfectness" regarding drugs during his campaign.
Eagle February 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM
A quick google search reveals that Goodman has said he is "chair of the Public Safety Committee in the House of Representatives". Houston, we have a problem.
Edwin February 28, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Seriously, how can anyone ignore the facts? Roger has now admitted indirectly to be a marijuana user to which I could care less with one exception. It has been illegal until last December and even then there is no way to obtain legally unless it is a medical prescription. Does Roger have such a prescription? If not where is he getting his weed? Illegally. He also has crusaded against Drunk Driver's and if he really felt strongly about driving safety would not drive stoned. He also spoke often at NORML rallys, etc. So in conclusion yes divorce is sad but it seems like one of the reasons it is occurring is his pot use. I say he is a hypocrite of the first order and I am sorry for his family troubles, but there is no excuse for this. My guess is he is a frequent user as well.
Dale Fonk February 28, 2013 at 03:37 PM
As was pointed out above, recreational use of marijuana only very recently became legal. For Roger Goodman to clearly own up to recreational use prior to that date is admission of criminal behavior, the issue of DUI aside. He is not just another guy in the community, he is an elected lawmaker. We, as his constituents, deserve public servants that are willing to obey the laws, regardless of their personal opinions of the particular law. He owes us a higher standard of duty than that. For him to advocate changes in the law is absolutely his prerogative. For him to break the law because he does not like the law is not. And then legislators express their frustration that the public holds them in such low self esteem. Honestly, is it any wonder?? And in the interest of full disclosure, I am the Chairman of the 45th Leg Dist GOP
John Snow February 28, 2013 at 05:23 PM
If surveys are to be believed, a third of all Americans have used marijuana at least once in their lives. Potential felons all, at least in the eyes of our archaic drug laws. In all probability many of the GOP elected officials currently serving at least tried marijuana. Are you also calling for them to disclose past offenses?
Local Guy February 28, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Mr. Goodwin's medical history is none of our business, just as are his personal affairs. Opportunistic hypocrites, on both sides of the fence, at play in this thread...
Barbara Manley February 28, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Shame on any publication for publishing accusations from either side in a nasty divorce. Public figures are certainly subjected to a loss of privacy, but when a publication resorts to reporting the basic “he said/she said” conflicts that occur in such a heated and stressful situation, the publication has overstepped the line of decency and credibility. Anyone who has been through a divorce understands the wide range of emotions that exist. We the People need to step back and allow Roger and Liv some privacy and consideration during this painful time.
Joshua February 28, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Roger is an outstanding legislator that has time after time pushed for harsher consequences on duis. Divorce is an extremely rough time for families that experience it and emotions run extremely high. If he has used marijuana in the past, this claim by his wife could just be her lashing out emotionally trying to hurt him in any way she can. She knows that this statement could be damaging for his side.in a divorce as well as politically. As Americans, we brag about our system of innocent until proven guilty. If we truly stand by that, then without any concrete evidence and ZERO recorded history of his disregard for the safety of others on the road (quite the opposite) then I think we should err on the side of innocence for Roger especially because of the circumstances under which this lone statement was uttered.
Jason Rothkowitz February 28, 2013 at 11:17 PM
This is simply gossip mongering. This is obviously a personal matter. Can we please focus on the work that Roger is doing in the legislature right now? We can certalnly spend time looking at his voting record in the House for a sense of Roger’s character, but not this stuff. Divorces are devastating enough, let’s not make it worse by propagating gossip. In my work as an education advocate, I have always found Roger to be one of the most honest and approachable legislators we have.
Myles Kahn March 01, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Roger is a dedicated father and public servant These allegations are slung in a divorce proceeding and as are un-corroborated. As such I defer to Roger's impeccable public service and clean driving record. Myles Kahn Woodinville
Bob Jones March 01, 2013 at 03:16 AM
"Goodman denied ever having driven within three hours of using pot". Not that he didn't use pot, just hadn't lately. And the mindless continue to follow.....
Patty Franklin March 01, 2013 at 08:28 AM
Don't forget, our President admitted to smoking pot, too. Heck, maybe he still does - that might explain the crappy job he's doing.
Eagle March 01, 2013 at 07:47 PM
..and also, once again, we are hearing the familiar "character doesn't matter!" by the apologists who are afraid of losing their grip on power. Just saying what the thinking people are thinking.
James Becker March 01, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Thanks Dale. He clearly admitted to breaking the law and I completely agree that our elected officials should be held to a higher standard.
Lisa Baumann (Editor) March 01, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Trent Latta posted a link on Patch Facebook to a new Facebook page for Goodman called – Roger Goodman: Great Father, Great Public Servant https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roger-Goodman-Great-Father-Great-Public-Servant/404615516302092
gneissguy March 01, 2013 at 10:40 PM
by your standards Bush and Cheney were smoking crack when they decided to grab oil fields I mean invade Iraq.
gneissguy March 01, 2013 at 10:53 PM
How convenient during a custody battle to shout out in public about unsubstantiated private matters that could affect custody. Very classy.
POL March 02, 2013 at 08:31 AM
As I read through this "article" I kept coming back to the same emotions - disappointment, anger, disgust. There really is no redeeming value in speculating on people's personal lives and there is certainly the ability to harm. If you want to write an article about any legislator, write about way he votes on bills, or bills that he sponsors, or the way he works on his committees. Those are the things that he was elected to do and speak to how he represents his constituents. Taking the low road and repeating rumor adds no value and is, at best, a cheap and lazy substitution for actual journalism. What's more, there seems to be no recognition or respect for the most innocent involved - their children. In this age of social media, speculation quickly becomes "fact" and is repeated incessantly. At what is likely the most vulnerable and emotionally distraught time in their young lives, do these children really need to be subjected to irresponsible adults speculating on their parent’s lives? Do they need to be subject to questions from others when they are likely trying to grapple with the only family life they’ve known being turned upside down? Is sensationalism worth that price?
Roger Jones March 02, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Certainly Trent divorce is an ugly endeavor. Unfortunately if Roger had never engaged in this, at the time very illegal activity, he would not have to be in this situation. The divorce is not the cause of this- it is Roger's illegal purchasing and using of an illegal drug. It was, at the time, very much against the law. Not kinda, not sorta... very much against the law. Who did he buy it from? As a politician he opens himself up to all kinds of potential problems not the least of which is blackmail.
Lisa Baumann (Editor) March 02, 2013 at 10:03 PM
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Jacob Blythe March 04, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Lame excuse for a public official. No one is above the law whether you agree with the law or not. I wonder what other shady business Roger is involved in.
Local Guy March 04, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Boston Tea Party turned out pretty well for us...

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