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 June 21, 2013

fist washington federal marijuana legalizationBy Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director

Nearly eight months after Washington voters passed a binding cannabis legalization initiative with an impressive 55% showing, the federal government is still yet to have made any definitive public statements as to what it is going to do regarding what is now such a clear conflict: between established federal laws and customs prohibiting any use, cultivation or sale of cannabis, for whatever reason-personal, medical and banning domestically-cultivated industrial hemp-and states whose citizens are leading the way at apparently dismantling a certainly failed 75-year-old federal prohibition against cannabis.

Frustrated by a lack of federal response and political leaderships seven members of the Washington’s congressional delegation have written a letter to the Obama Administration (specifically Attorney General Holder, who told Congress in public testimony months ago that the administration would have public statements “soon”)  seeking guidance and clarity.

The members of the Senate and Congress who’ve signed the letter are both Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, as well as Representatives Adam Smith, Jim McDermott, Suzan DelBene, Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer.

Apparent opponents of reform, Representatives Rick Larsen, Dave Reichert, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Doc Hastings did not sign onto the letter.

In other news regarding Washington moving forward with their cannabis legalization efforts as directed by the voters, the soon to be renamed ‘WA Liquor and Cannabis Control Board’, held public hearing yesterday that can be viewed and watched here:

WA Liquor Control Board

WA Liquor Control Board YouTube channel

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  • Johnny Bloomington

    I don’t want just a response from Holder. I want him to say we will not go after legal states.

    • Scott Eaton

      I want ALL states legal and the DEA gone !

      • richard bong

        And I want my girlfriend to swallow. Wanting and getting aren’t the same thing.

    • Wayne Kerr

      I’d settle for a response, any response. His being tight lipped worries me.

  • dgand

    Yea i know, there’s more here than just some guy smoking a little weed in all of this. So???

    How about this idea…. Lets put it on the national ballet in 2016 then we’ll all know what to do then….

    Let’s put it on there in three ways. Let’s vote on all of this.
    1. Medical, yea-or-na.
    2. Legalize, yea-or-na.
    3. Industrial Hemp, yea-na.

    I think i’ve read enough to figure how all of that would turn out. Haha

    • dgand

      Oh yea, all my reading has said this ….

      1. 68% yea
      2. 52% yea
      3. 70% yea

      So if they want then i think they would leave all of this stuff alone. But who knows????

    • Mr. Bogart

      There should be no need to wait for 2016. All the polls, already shows that 53% of the American people supports the legalization, decriminalization, and the reclassification of marijuana and hemp, which is a higher percentage, than what Obama received for his 2nd term.

      How long are the American people, going to continue to just sit back and keep letting our federal government, favor pharmaceutical companies, reap the profits, and harm Americans from the bad side effects of their prescription drugs?

      The time to act is now! The “Do Nothing” congress needs to get off their hind ends and reform the marijuana and hemp laws on a federal level. Chemical companies don’t have the interests of the American people, they have always been in for their profits.

      Not only has the Federal Government hampered our nations growth but has also has stagnated our nations advancement. They also have kept Americans out of work by not allowing jobs to be created.

      I thought that this is The United States Of America but in reality it is “The UN-united States Of America.

      • madmatt6773

        The problem with trying in 2014 is a large part of that 53% (depending on which poll you believe) are the younger voters that tend to sit out non-presidential election years. We need their votes and to ensure them we need to wait until 2016 when they will be out in droves. After waiting for nearly 40 years I can wait an extra 2. Patience my friend, our numbers grow every passing year and by 2016 we should have close to 60%…or more. Our time will come.

      • madmatt6773

        The problem with trying in 2014 is a large part of that 53% (depending on which poll you believe) are the younger voters that tend to sit out non-presidential election years. We need their votes and to ensure them we need to wait until 2016 when they will be out in droves. After waiting for nearly 40 years I can wait an extra 2. Patience my friend, our numbers grow every passing year and by 2016 we should have close to 60%…or more. Our time will come.

  • Silverado

    I wonder if they reminded him in this letter that the state was prepared to sue if they were ruled against in Washington DC on this issue?? One way or the other this WILL be resolved. Either he (AG Holder) can do it or it will go to Federal court. How many years could that take??

    It’s about time too! And while I would have preferred that the delegation took up this issue somewhat sooner, as in right after the election, I applaud their effort anyway. Progress is progress and this is progress compared to just a few short days ago.

  • http://disqus.com/notspicoli/ notSpicoli

    “In other news regarding Washington moving forward with their cannabis
    legalization efforts as directed by the voters, the soon to be renamed
    ‘WA Liquor and Cannabis Control Board’…”

    Did the LCB announce this during the work session?

    Previously from the LCB: “Q: Will the Washington State Liquor Control Board be changing its name?
    A: Presently there are no plans to change the agency’s name. Any change would have to come from the state Legislature and that is a low priority at the moment.”

  • http://disqus.com/notspicoli/ notSpicoli

    Commenting on Thursday, Alison Holcomb opined that perhaps the feds are waiting to see what the regulations look like and “how we’re going to do this responsibly [in WA state] before weighing it.” Maybe the feds will show toleration if complying with state laws. But as to a federal legal challenge, she does not see this likely now, reasoning the feds would have done so far sooner before states began implementation.

  • madmatt6773

    Could be they’re waiting for actual sales to begin. That way they can arrest any state official involved and seize all properties involved in the growing, processing, transporting, and sales along with the people involved and their homes, bank accounts, and vehicles.
    I don’t trust them, they’re up to something, they’re not going to just roll over.

  • madmatt6773

    Could be they’re waiting for actual sales to begin. That way they can arrest any state official involved and seize all properties involved in the growing, processing, transporting, and sales along with the people involved and their homes, bank accounts, and vehicles.
    I don’t trust them, they’re up to something, they’re not going to just roll over.