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State Rep. Goodman Reportedly Drove After Using Marijuana

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

State Rep. Roger Goodman--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 Kirkland 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.

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