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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Last Night Was Also a Big Fucking Deal for Ending the Drug War

Posted by on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Last night's marijuana-vote roundup, sent by Law Enforcement Against Prohibition:

Colorado: Marijuana legalization - Passed!

Washington: Marijuana legalization - Passed!

Oregon: Marijuana legalization – Failed.

Massachusetts: Medical marijuana - Passed!

Arkansas: Medical marijuana – Failed.

Detroit, MI: Decriminalization of adult marijuana possession - Passed!

Flint, MI: Decriminalization of adult marijuana possession - Passed!

Ypsilanti, MI: Marijuana to be lowest law enforcement priority - Passed!

Grand Rapids, MI: Decriminalization of adult marijuana possession - Passed!

Kalamazoo, MI: Three medical marijuana dispensaries permitted in city - Passed!

Burlington, VT: Recommendation that marijuana should be legalized - Passed!

Montana: Referendum restricting medical marijuana likely to pass.

Anti-502 people argued that legalizing pot, pushing it from a legally grey area to an open market, would draw federal/DEA hellfire. But there's something to be said for solidarity. The more states legalize, and the more state-supreme court decisions build a foundation of case law (on what will be some inevitable busts and arrests), the better off we'll be. We can hang together, or we can hang separately.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board has until December 1, 2013 to figure out what this new market will look like.

 

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I forgot to mention that with a 25% markup each step its going to be expensive as shit!! No $10.00 grams more like $40.00 thats street price! And prices only go up, never down :(
Posted by GeeJosh on November 7, 2012 at 4:02 PM · Report this
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I worked for the Washington State Liquor Control Board for 10 years. It's ran by a bunch of old, conservative, christian identified, non-drinking and non-pot smoking white men and women. The pot that they will buy or license will be the equivalent of Potters Vodka. The nastiest shit there is. No Seattle Skunkberry, Seattle Blue, Purple Kush or Big Budah. I for one will miss my awesome medical marijuana dispensary!!
Posted by GeeJosh on November 7, 2012 at 3:58 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 10
@4: you link ain't work, but i found several fact sheets online. nothing definite, but i think no one is going to legally sell or buy weed in this state for over a year, particularly if we have to wait on the WSLCB.
Posted by Max Solomon on November 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM · Report this
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Speaking of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, are we going to be on the hook for all the extra pizza and munchies they'll need for their future office Christmas parties?
Posted by PCM on November 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 8
Main question is: to save state budgets which are already tightly stretched, will Govs of the states which legalized it perform a Blanket Pardon of all citizens held on such charges? It would reduce their prison budgets dramatically, and free up a lot of cops to go after murderers and rapists and such.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 7
You know, for all the props & recognition Oregon gets as being super progressive, we manage to get a whole lot of shit backwards. Us & Arkansas. Fuck. Happy for ya'll though!
Posted by mikethehammer on November 7, 2012 at 2:51 PM · Report this
Chelydra_serpentina 6
*should have omitted the question mark in that first sentence. Dammit.
Posted by Chelydra_serpentina on November 7, 2012 at 2:22 PM · Report this
Chelydra_serpentina 5
HOLY FUCKING SHIT, YOU ARE KIDDING ME!?! GRAND FUCKING RAPIDS VOTED TO FUCKING DECRIMINALIZE MOTHERFUCKING POT!?!

As a born-and-raised Grand Rapidian who found the Pacific NW much more to her liking, I am completely blown away. As you may have already gathered from my annoying all caps reaction.
Posted by Chelydra_serpentina on November 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 4
@2 I hadn't heard that. That's a big deal. There are a lot of petty criminals in Californian prisons.

@3 fact sheet (pdf)
Posted by Matt the Engineer on November 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 3
is 12/1/2013 the earliest we'll see any licensed stores?
Posted by Max Solomon on November 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM · Report this
sloegin 2
California altered their 3 strikes law to violent offenders.
Posted by sloegin on November 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM · Report this
devinderry 1
So how about an informal holiday for this? Like from this day forward every November 7th will be known as Green Day....except something not lamely sharing a name with a 25 year old band?
Posted by devinderry on November 7, 2012 at 1:33 PM · Report this

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