Pot Prevails Again in Hailey

Pot Prevails Again in Hailey
Posted by CN Staff on May 28, 2008 at 05:48:03 PT
By Terry Smith, Express Staff Writer
Source: Idaho Mountain Express
Idaho -- New election, same results. Three of four proposed marijuana reform initiatives were approved by Hailey's electorate Tuesday.Voters approved initiatives to legalize medical use of marijuana by a margin of 417-296, to legalize industrial use of hemp by 403-308 and to make enforcement of marijuana laws the lowest police priority in the city by a margin of 381-331.
Turned down once again was an initiative to require the city to regulate and tax distribution of the drug. It failed 386-323.Pro-marijuana advocate Ryan Davidson, a former Bellevue man who now lives in Garden City, filed petitions to place the initiatives before the voters once again after Hailey city officials threatened to file a lawsuit to have the three previously approved initiatives declared illegal in court. That lawsuit was filed earlier this month in Blaine County 5th District Court.Davidson, chairman of The Liberty Lobby of Idaho, said passage again of the initiatives would make it "politically less viable" for the city of Hailey to ignore the will of the electorate.Prior to the election, neither Davidson nor city officials were willing to predict the outcome, though Davidson said, "I'd think it's going to be close to the same percentages as last time."Last November, 1,288 voters, about 37 percent of the city's registered electorate, showed up at the polls.The medical marijuana and industrial hemp initiatives were approved in that election by about 53 percent of voters. About 51 percent of voters approved the lowest-police-priority initiative, while the regulation and taxation measure failed with only 47 percent voter approval.Hailey Mayor Rick Davis said he had "no idea" as to the outcome of pot election No. 2."There's been a lot more publicity this time about the initiatives," he said. "I think people are a lot more educated now about the issues. But I don't know if it will have a different outcome or not."Source: Idaho Mountain Express (ID)Author: Terry Smith, Express Staff WriterPublished: Wednesday, May 28, 2008Copyright: 2008 Express Publishing, Inc.Contact: letters mtexpress.comWebsite: Articles: Hailey To Vote on Pot Initiatives Again To Vote Again on Legalizing Marijuana?
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on May 28, 2008 at 15:48:32 PT
I'm so glad it passed again.What now?Are they going to send in the National Guard to intimidate, incarcerate, or kill everyone there that believes in democracy? 
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Comment #5 posted by RevRayGreen on May 28, 2008 at 15:13:55 PT
YEAH !!!!!!!!!
let the power of the ballot box rule.........
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Comment #4 posted by ripit on May 28, 2008 at 10:08:50 PT:
 good news! i need to find out how i can get these initiatives on the ballot here in my town and see if we can get ppl everywhere to start doing this ya know the more ppl shout the more ppl listen. makes me wish i'd gone past the 8th grade ya know!now i gonna have to hit the library to day and read up on it!
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Comment #3 posted by dongenero on May 28, 2008 at 08:08:31 PT
the people have spoken
And the mayor said he didn't know what the outcome would be but the issue was at a higher profile in the media and people were more educated about the issues.The result? The initiatives gained more support! Go Hailey.You have to follow the link to the newspaper article. They show the Mayor sitting in front of the town insignia, which is a cool looking cross between a "Yes" album cover and a '60s concert poster from San Francisco. Very cool. The town insignia was definitely not penned by a prohibitionist.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on May 28, 2008 at 07:50:31 PT
I agree with you.
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on May 28, 2008 at 07:26:17 PT
Wake Up, Politicians
And serve the public will!Too bad the public hasn't yet figured out that keeping cannabis illegal only enriches black market profiteers and gangsters though. Maybe next time.
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