There are lots of paths up the mountain, yes? In Washington State a city-by-city strategy moving towards re-legalization* has emerged. In 2003 Seattle voters passed an initiative making the investigation, arrest and prosecution of marijuana offenses, when the drug was intended for adult personal use, the lowest law-enforcement priority. In 2011, Tacoma voters did much the same.
Now, a group called Sensible Washington, which promotes legalization of marijuana, says it will file initiatives in six Washington cities to make prosecution for pot offenses the lowest law-enforcement priority. The group will push the initiatives in Spokane, Olympia, Bellingham, Everett, Kent and Bremerton.
At the state level during this next election cycle Washington voters get to decide on Initiative 502, which would create a system of state-licensed growers, processors and stores, and impose an excise tax at each stage. Those 21 and over could buy up to an ounce of dried marijuana; 1 pound of marijuana-infused product in solid form, such as brownies; or 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquids. It seems clear Washington is leading the rest of the nation in being sensible.
HMJ is committed to keeping you informed on the onrushing re-legalization of the hemp plant, mankind’s ancient friend and benefactor. There’s more to this story at The Seattle Times.
* We say “re-legalization” because the plant was not made illegal until 1937. Up until then, say 5,000 years give or take, our two species had been bestest friends. Isn’t it good we got smart in 1937?
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