Initiative is a Step Toward Making Sense of MJ Law
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Initiative is a Step Toward Making Sense of MJ Law
Posted by CN Staff on September 23, 2012 at 05:11:19 PT
Source: Olympian
Washington -- A historical transformation of social values has occurred during the early years of the 21st century toward once-controversial issues such as same-sex marriage and the use of marijuana. Whenever communal morals shift so significantly, governments eventually recognize the need to conform its laws to reflect the public’s will. State and federal governments have so far ignored the changing attitude of Americans toward the use of marijuana, both as a medically useful drug and as a recreational diversion. This has resulted in a tangled mess of conflicting laws and regulations that begs to be cleared up quickly.
Initiative 502 has the potential to add to this problem, because until the federal law banning marijuana is changed, anyone possessing even a small amount remains open to federal prosecution. But voters should approve the initiative for its near-term impact on pressuring Congress to acknowledge the reality of modern attitudes toward the substance. If approved, I-502 would decriminalize the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana for adults over age 21. It would license growers and allow the sale of marijuana in private stores licensed, regulated and taxed by the state. The initiative would create a new marijuana DUI standard based on a blood-THC level – similar to the blood-alcohol limit of 0.08. And it would allow Washington farmers to grow industrial hemp and cash in on a multimillion-dollar national market. It would also give legitimate medical users an avenue of defense against federal charges.This initiative has its flaws, and does not even please those who believe in total legalization. By that, they suggest Congress and the state Legislature should wipe its books of all laws making marijuana illegal. Critics of the initiative point out that 90 percent of marijuana arrests of people in the 16-to-21 age group occur at traffic stops. This initiative will harm those young people, the critics say, because it will turn a marijuana arrest into a more serious DUI charge. But if we’re going to treat marijuana as a public health issue, as we do alcohol and tobacco, shouldn’t we establish some standard of impairment for the substance? This initiative attempts to do that.SnippedComplete Article: Olympian, The (WA) Published: September 23, 2012Copyright: 2012 The OlympianWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by afterburner on September 23, 2012 at 11:32:01 PT
Soon the War Will Be Over 
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on September 23, 2012 at 06:59:55 PT
Science is soundly against Prohibition rhetoric.
The CSA was created out of thin air against better advise. How obvious must this boondoggle become before it is understood by he masses, Mr. and Mrs John Q. Public?Whenever, wherever progress is made the Fed swarms in like someone was beating their nest."My Lady, Methinks thou does protest a bit too loudly."It should be said of the fed and their cannaphobia. Not only is the fed unconcerned about us as individuals but they have sold our health to a bunch of charlatans and heartless greedy bastards.So on the flip side I am supposed to believe that the good and mighty big brother fed is concerned about our safety when it comes to a harmless plant?It is all a cover for the real hated green monster; HEMP! Hemp is the empire destroyer.
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