Marijuana Reform Heats Up in Washington State
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Marijuana Reform Heats Up in Washington State
Posted by CN Staff on March 08, 2012 at 14:54:17 PT
By Justin Runquist, The Oregonian
Source: Oregonian
Olympia, WA -- Marijuana activists say 2012 is the year they have been waiting for. Citing growing national support for marijuana legalization, activists appear confident that young voters, their key demographic, will turn out to support a reform measure -- or measures. The potential problem: activists continue to dispute how laws for recreational and medical use should be changed. So far, several competing initiative campaigns have emerged.
One measure is already headed for the November ballot. Initiative 502 has gathered enough signatures. The initiative would make Washington the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and older. The caveat: any use of the drug would still be considered illegal under federal law.Under the initiative, adults 21 and older could possess no more than an ounce of dried marijuana, 72 ounces of liquids containing marijuana, or 1 pound of a solid product infused with marijuana, such as brownies or cookies.The measure would not change Washington's medical marijuana law, which allows doctors to recommend but not prescribe the drug to treat intense chronic pain and complications related to cancer and a number of other diseases. But proponents say the initiative would create new arrest protections for patients seeking medical marijuana.A private chain of supply regulated by the state would be set up under the initiative. It would create a license system for growers, processors and retailers who would pay a 25 percent excise tax on their sales to raise revenue for substance-abuse prevention, research, health care and education. The Liquor Control Board would be in charge of regulation and licensing. SnippedComplete Article: Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)Author: Justin Runquist, The Oregonian Published: March 8, 2012Copyright: 2012 The OregonianContact: letters news.oregonian.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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