Washington State Legislators Back Marijuana Legalization

 by lucy

In Washington, 20 Democratic lawmakers, including both Senators and Representatives,  have endorsed Initiative 502, which seeks to legalize marijuana possession  and sales for individuals over the age of 21.

I-502 will appear on the November general election ballot, and is the first marijuana initiative on the ballot since the passage of medical marijuana.  Should I-502 pass, revenue from marijuana sales and taxation would be put toward Washington’s health care system.

One of the main criticisms of I-502 is that it will place a DUI limit on marijuana users, which could impact the daily lives of medical marijuana users.

The Initiative is opposed by The Washington Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs.  Should the Initiative be passed by voters, many attorneys believe that it will quickly be stopped by the DEA and federal prosecutors.

 

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    BA said on May 2, 2012

    I-502 is a shitty law. They may call it "legalization" but it's not at all.

    Terrible DUI laws that would make every legit MMJ patient a felon at all times…No personal growing permitted….you can smoke it, but if you sell it or buy it from somebody that isn't licensed, you'll be thrown in jail.

    NO on I-502 if you really care about legalization…I know all the retarded pot heads will vote yes without looking into the law but hey…what can ya do.

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    NOon502 said on May 5, 2012

    NORML has also been a big supporter of I-502 and has steadfastly defended the heinous per se DUID provisions of the bill. This legislation will criminalize every medical cannabis patient in Washington State. Nearly all patients will be guilty of DUID every time they get behind the wheel, despite the fact that they are not impaired in any way. "Radical Russ" Belville, a NORML spokesman, has gone so far as to attack patients who criticize the legislation, calling them "whiners".

    Now the Colorado legislature is voting on an identical DUID bill. After steadfastly supporting the DUID provisions in the Washington legislation, yesterday NORML released a nationwide "Action Alert" to all their members. The headline of the alert was "Stop Colorado's Unscientific and Unnecessary Drugged Driving Law".

    Apparently all ethics have gone out the window in this debate. NORML is steadfastly supporting the DUID provision in Washington's law at the same time they are aggressively opposing the IDENTICAL DUID provision in Colorado. NORML has now lost all credibility on this issue.

    This law is not "legalization". This is just the "New Approach" to prohibition. The state will control the production, distribution and sales of cannabis, adding hundreds of dollars in taxes to each ounce. While consumers will be allowed to legally buy cannabis (at $700 an ounce), they can still be arrested for having it in their blood, hours or days after smoking it. This is legalization?

    The latest study, sponsored by the NIDA (National Institutes on Drug Abuse) and released last week, proves that active THC can remain in your blood for up to 30 after use. This means that you could be convicted of "driving while impaired" when you haven't used any cannabis for two weeks!

    With alcohol, you have a fairly good idea when you're over the .08 blood alcohol limit. If you have three drinks within an hour, you can be certain your over .08. Cannabis users, however, will have absolutely no way of knowing whether they are over the 5ng/ml intoxication level unless they arrested. Patients, who medicate daily, will almost always have 5ng or more in their system and will be guilty of DUID every time they get behind the wheel.

    This will be a financial windfall for the attorneys at NORML, but a total disaster for medical cannabis patients. Is this really "legalization"?

    Are the politicians supporting this legislation the same ones that have been unwilling to provide protection from arrest and prosecution for patients for the last 14 years? I'm writing a new law that will do exactly that. Let's see if they're finally ready to give patients the same protection they seem willing to give to recreational users.

    Vote NO on I-502!

    Steve Sarich
    No On I-502

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    HeadHunter said on May 6, 2012

    Maybe I dont really understand how laws work, but couldn't we just ratify or change this bill when its found that the arbitrary 5ng is making everyone criminals that have smoked within the last week? When the court systems are overrun with DUID I'm hoping that there will be an amendment proposed. As shitty as this rule is I still think its a move in the right general direction. I know that DUI levels have changed over the years why not for weed? I've found through life that the best deals are made when both sides feel like they got fucked just a little bit. Plus if your being pulled over there is a good chance you deserve it, and a DUID would just be the icing on the cake.

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