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I-502: Too many unknowns in marijuana measure

Letter by Wendy Lake, Auburn on Oct. 19, 2012 at 10:59 am | No Comments »
October 19, 2012 11:00 am

I don’t necessarily have a problem with legalizing marijuana for recreational use, but Initiative 502 as written has too many flaws and unknowns. For example, how does one determine whether another is driving under the influence, when blood tests positive for use 30 days after consumption? There is no “min-max” for pot like there is with alcohol.

I may support a law that legalizes recreational marijuana as long as it has a caveat that there will be zero tolerance of anyone getting high and driving a motor vehicle. But again, how do you prove when is the last time someone used?

The other problem with I-502 is the federal factor. We can scream all we want about the 10th Amendment, which guarantees rights to the states before the federal government, but the bottom line is this one will take an act of Congress to undo the law a previous, decades-old Congress passed.

What people do in their own homes should be off-limits to the government. As long is nobody is being hurt, just leave us alone. Marijuana is not manufactured with chemicals, doesn’t blow up or contaminate houses, and has been proven to have beneficial properties in the medical realm for those with cancer and other chronic diseases.

But to be realistic, the sponsors of I-502 need to tweak their bill a bit. It’s too vague and needs further research. Besides, there’s that pesky federal law to run around.

I encourage a “no” vote on I-502.

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