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I-502: Pot measure overly incremental

Letter by Keith E. Besherse, Puyallup on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:19 am with No Comments »
October 4, 2012 1:06 pm

I am going to vote against the current initiative to legalize marijuana. Not because I think the drug should remain illegal in our society but rather because of the approach the proponents are taking with Initiative 502.

Those proposing the bill specifically state that it does not accomplish all that they wish it would, but that it is the best compromise they can get at this time. They admit that they are seeking incrementalism. They are deliberately pushing society onto a slippery slope.

If, on the other hand, activists would propose a bill that is a reasonable compromise which meets some but not all the desires of constituencies across the spectrum, I might consider supporting the proposal to legalize marijuana. Such a bill could even include clauses requiring it to be re-evaluated in five and 10 years to see if the desired effects are being achieved while minimizing negative consequences.

If the law is working, it could continue in force. If the negative consequences are outweighing a limited social benefit, the law could automatically expire (recriminalizing possession of the substance). If the law was determined to be inadequate, society could reconsider the specific provisions to further expand or control possession.

Because of the deliberate incrementalism of those proposing Initiative 502, I cannot support it.

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