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Sensible Washington Announces 2013 Initiative To End Cannabis Prohibition

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legalize_cannabisSensible Washington’s Proposed Initiative Will Be Similar To I-1149 And I-1068

By Sensible Washington

The non-profit political organization Sensible Washington announced recently that they will be running a statewide initiative to repeal adult cannabis prohibition in Washington State, to be filed in January, 2013, as an Initiative to the People.

Similar to last year’s I-1149, and 2010’s I-1068, this initiative would repeal the civil and criminal penalties related to adult cannabis use and possession. It would remove cannabis from the state’s list of controlled substances, without altering legal penalties for minors and for those driving while under the influence. Sensible Washington is taking input from the community on any potential alterations to the initiative language.

Preparation for this initiative, including volunteer recruitment, will begin immediately.

“We’re confident in the base and infrastructure that we’ve built over the past several years. We have thousands of volunteers throughout the state, and they want us to run. They want to give the public a true alternative to prohibition and the many harms associated with it,” said Sensible Washington in a recent press release, “We have the volunteer power, and fundraising potential, to get this done, and we’re confident that if given the opportunity, the voters of Washington State will vote to repeal the socially and economically devastating policy of cannabis prohibition.”

Since their inception in 2010, Sensible Washington has garnered the endorsements of individuals such as Seattle’s former Chief of Police Norm Stamper and Washington State Representative Roger Goodman, as well as organizations such as the Washington State Democratic Party and NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).

In November, 2012, voters in Washington State will be deciding the fate of another marijuana measure, Initiative 502. Sensible Washington plans to continue forth whether or not it passes, “Initiative 502 has caused a massive rift in the cannabis reform community and we want to give people a viable alternative”, said Sensible Washington regarding this issue, “If it[I-502] fails in November, we want to assure the public that moving forward, there’s an option available in our state for legalizing cannabis. If I-502 does pass, cannabis would remain a Schedule I drug alongside heroin, which we’re not comfortable with and will work towards correcting.”

After filing in January, Sensible Washington would have until early July to collect the necessary signatures to put this initiative on the November, 2013 general election ballot.

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  • Keith

    The government started all the so called stoner crap.we all know that smoking marijuna does not make people stuiped but the gov does not want to change that image

  • Keith

    People need to stop putting pitcures of people like the so called stoner hat can be done later we need to change that image of the marijuna community

  • jontomas

    Again for the slow? 8^) It’s clear you are the only one lacking velocity.

  • jontomas

    Right. And marijuana consumers are not judgement-impaired as alcohol consumers are. When they are too high, they prefer not to drive. I agree that will result in less DUIs.
    The two patients cited will likely beat it, also. Most of the weight of all marijuana-related law comes from the fraudulent “illegality” and stigma. With re-legal marijuana, there will be few attempts and less success in prosecuting people for being only statutorily “impaired.”

  • Greenlv

    Same old blow-hard garbage. All intelligent cannabis consumers and real lovers of actual freedom will vote not on I-502. Washington State will not vote a law in so we can all go to court to fight our DUI’s. I-502 will fail as it is Bad Law and Will Not Pass. Yes, you are sorry.

  • jontomas

    Same old blow-hard garbage. All intelligent marijuana consumers and lovers of freedom will vote for I-502. We want to end the fraudulent marijuana prohibition that’s making you rich. Sorry.

  • Greenlv

    Criminal is everyone who dares not agree with you, same old pathetic Patriot Act tactics. No same person would vote for a law that would in turn put the in jail for driving peacefully. Or call law ‘legalization’ when you cannot grow at home, but may buy from State Power. I don’t purport to know what is really happening in States I don’t live in. I’ll leave that to know-it-all Zealots who want to flaunt their ignorance. But in Washington State word is out on 502 as it is Bad Law and Will Not Pass.

  • jontomas

    Your greed-addled mind desperately converts the force of my arguments to “zeal, bullying,” etc. It’s just the truth, babe. That’s all marijuana reform has ever needed. And the truth is – achieving the end of the war on marijuana consumers is FAR more important than the temporary imperfections of any re-legalization initiative.

    No sane marijuana consumer would ever vote to continue their own persecution. Prop 19 isn’t going to happen again. The American Inquisition is crumbling. Those who have eyes to see know it.

    Take a hit of reality.

  • Greenlv

    Your inane reference to someone named ‘Stan’ is just as salient as the rest of your self-aggrandizing zeal. Lets hope it passes in Colorado and Oregon! As the laws proposed allow for Home Cultivation and don’t contain a DUI provision like the dead on arrival 502. Again for the slow, No Home Cultivation and an insane DUI provision makes 502 a very Bad Law and it Will Not Pass.