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Gary Johnson And Others Talk About Their Support Of Washington Initiative 502

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Yes On Washington I-502 Video

Washington Initiative 502 (I-502) “on marijuana reform” is an initiative to the Washington State Legislature, scheduled to appear on the November 2012 general ballot. Originally submitted to the Washington Secretary of State during the summer of 2011, enough signatures were collected and submitted by December to meet the required 241,153 signatures, sending it to the legislature. When the legislature adjourned without action in April, Initiative 502 automatically advanced to the November 2012 general ballot.

If passed, it would define and distinguish marijuana from other parts of the cannabis plant, legalize small amounts of marijuana-related products for most adults, tax them, and designate the revenue for healthcare, substance-abuse prevention and education. Cannabis would still be classified as a schedule I controlled substance under federal law and subject to federal prosecution under the doctrine of dual sovereignty. Possession by anyone younger than 21, possession of larger amounts, and the growing of unlicensed or unregulated marijuana would remain illegal under state law.

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  1. Bunkum! Just another prohibitionist trying to keep their job. Taking money to enforce a corrupt ban started in 1937 by racists to put people in jail for using cannaibs is a sad way to make a living.

  2. President Obama, thanks, for nothing. Gov Gary Johnson deserves to be President. He really will end the war on cannabis users. Because, he’s not someone who bragged about getting stoned in a book he wrote. promised us the return of our right to use cannabis, based on science. But, sold out to prohibitionists by raiding State compliant medical cannabis operations. Follow the money trail, if you need even more proof of what President Obama’s priority is.

  3. Last night an 18 year old female patient was pulled over on the I-90 bridge by the Washington State Patrol. He said that she “looked stoned”. He took her to have her blood taken and she was then held overnight in King County Jail without any charges filed against her.

    The shit is starting already….as predicted. I hope that those of you Pollyanna’s that cast your ballots for I-502 are going to be happy with your decision in two months from now if it passes on Tuesday.

    Be sure and keep the phone number for the ACLU in your pocket…they were the one’s who are visiting the plague on our state. Let’s see them “fix” all the damage that they cause.

  4. I am for
    the legalization of marijuana, but I’m not for I-502 in Washington State! Many
    people in the State of Washington have only been exposed to misleading tv
    commercials and other propaganda. Unfortunately most people in general, don’t
    read through initiatives before they vote. And that is what the backers (law
    enforement and government officials), of this initiative are counting on. I-502
    doesn’t even address the medical marijuana communuity. It’s a wolf in sheep’s
    clothing.

    The taxes on pot will make it
    unaffordable, forcing people to continue to buy it illegally; the Liquor
    Control Board having 100% control on who can grow it and sell it; DUI’s will be
    given out based on unscientific blood tests; newly developed government and
    private businesses will profit from the taxes….not just the current gov
    programs; there will be unrealistic restrictions on the quantity of pot you’re
    allowed to have…that’s like saying you can’t have more than 1 bottle of wine
    or six pack of beer in your home, etc.. This initiative is another form of
    prohibition.

    A 25% sales tax will be imposed on
    the consumer, which is in addition to our current sales tax of around
    8.9%….that puts it near 34%. But that is still after the grower is charged
    25% on what they sell to the middle man-distributor, who then in turn sells it
    to the retailer, for another 25% tax. I can’t imagine how much an ounce of pot
    will cost by the time it trickles down to the consumer. The commericals only
    state that we should be taxing the sale of pot, so our state will benefit, but
    of course leave out how much.

    Under this initiative, an individual
    will only be allowed to buy or possess only 1 oz of marijuana, and no more than
    1 pound of edibles. They say this initiative will be treated like our laws
    governing alcohol. I don’t see any laws on the books that limits the amount of
    alcohol we can buy or possess. Again, that’s like saying we can only have 1
    bottle of wine, and no more then a six pack of beer! Any more than that, and we
    might be suspicious of having a distillery in our back yard and selling it in
    the black market. I guess the backers of this initiative are stereotyping the
    typical pot smoker as a dealer if they have 2 oz instead of 1. Again, another
    form of prohibition.

    I don’t encourage anyone to drive
    while impaired. The DUI enforcement for having a blood analysis of the person’s
    THC concentration, will be based upon 5 nanograms per milliliter of whole
    blood. This has not been scientifically proven to show whether this impairs a
    person’s ability to drive. Also, as most of us knows, marijuana can stay in a
    person’s system for up to a month, and not be high or impaired.

    The liquor control board will have
    full control of everything. Their cut for doing this, is to the tune of up to
    $1,250,000 dollars every year. The other revenue won’t just go to current
    government programs, but to newly created government programs. Only a small
    portion will go to the state’s general fund, once everyone else has gotten
    their cut. The liquor control board will have total control as to who can grow
    it, distribute it, and sell it. That’s like telling Jack Daniels or Budweiser
    how to run their businesses and where they are allowed to sell it. They would
    lose any kind of profits if the government taxed their alcohol like they want
    to do with marijuana, along with the fact that the public would only be allowed
    to buy a small amount because of purchase and possession limitations. I-502
    isn’t treating the legalization of marijuana like our current alcohol laws.
    Again, this initiative is another form of prohibition.

    If this initiative passes, there
    will be a string of law suits, until the wrongs are corrected. If it doesn’t
    pass, there is already petitions being signed, in order for a new initiative to
    be presented to the citizens of Washington. We have waited this long for the
    legalization for Marijuana, another year or two to get it right, only makes
    sense. Let’s truly end the prohibition of marijuana. I-502 isn’t it.

  5. In all parts of our society there are attacks.on health and fairness. From Marijuana to raw milk the SWAT teams are deployed – employed and paid for by our taxpayer dollars. Voting for either Obama or Romney is a vote for attacks on innocent civilians, assassinations and torture ordered by our President. We are complicit by DEFALT just for living here, but if one votes for either one, Romney or Obama, they are giving their approval. I am not, as an individual, complicit in the unlawful actions of our President and, unlike Mr. Romney, do not in any way, approve of the drone war, the drug war, or any other attacks on our civil liberties. I voted for Gary Johnson.

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