MMJ Dispensaries Should Get on 502 Bandwagon

Sep 8, 2012

Seattle’s med­ical mar­i­juana stores have been liv­ing in a dream. Some have been so com­pla­cent as to oppose Ini­tia­tive 502, the decrim­i­nal­iza­tion mea­sure on the Nov. 6 bal­lot. They didn’t want a state mar­i­juana tax. They didn’t want reg­u­la­tion by the Liquor Con­trol Board, and they didn’t want a blood-THC stan­dard for dri­ving under the influ­ence. They had what they wanted, mar­i­juana unreg­u­lated and tax-free, pro­tected by the for­bear­ance of lib­eral politi­cians. Now they don’t have it. The fed­eral Drug Enforce­ment Admin­is­tra­tion has moved to shut down 26 of Seattle’s 145 dis­pen­saries because they are within 1,000 feet of a school, play­ground or, in the case of a Shore­line dis­pen­sary, a pub­lic trail. The DEA spokes­woman says all the remain­ing mar­i­juana stores are ille­gal, too. An out­spo­ken Seat­tle attor­ney now advises his cannabis clients: “Close, and close fast.” Closed doors are not what the peo­ple of Wash­ing­ton want. More than 58 per­cent of vot­ers favored med­ical cannabis 14 years ago, and more peo­ple sup­port it now. We believe they are ready for the next step, mar­i­juana decrim­i­nal­iza­tion for gen­eral adult use. I-502 is a vehi­cle for the peo­ple to say that. It is a way to push back against the Obama admin­is­tra­tion, which has been much less lib­eral on this issue than many had hoped. Every­one involved in med­ical cannabis should sup­port Ini­tia­tive 502. It does not offer unreg­u­lated free­dom; the peo­ple of Wash­ing­ton are not ready for that. We believe they are ready to bring mar­i­juana above ground to license it, tax it and reg­u­late its sale and use. Ini­tia­tive 502 asks for that. It is a step for­ward. Source: Seat­tle Times (WA) Pub­lished: Sep­tem­ber 7, 2012 Copy­right: 2012 The Seat­tle Times Com­pany Con­tact: opinion@​seatimes.​com Web­site: http://​www​.seat​tle​times​.com/

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