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Pot legalization campaign has two days left

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm with 4 Comments »
June 30, 2010 5:52 pm

We should know by Friday afternoon whether the campaign to legalize marijuana in Washington has a good chance of making it to the November ballot.

What time Friday? 4:20 p.m., of course.

The secretary of state’s office says that’s when supporters of Initiative 1068 plan to turn in petition signatures, 40 minutes before the deadline.

But it will be a close call whether they have enough names: The appointment is “tentative,” and the campaign says it has about 200,000 signatures, according to the secretary of state’s office. Initiatives need 241,153 valid signatures to get on the ballot, and usually require tens of thousands more to make up for duplicates and invalid signatures.

But supporters say they “have been getting a lot of petitions back in the mail every day,” secretary of state spokesman David Ammons wrote.

Growing, selling and using marijuana would no longer be a state crime for adults if I-1068 passes.

It’s the seventh initiative to set a date to turn in signatures, and Ammons said if all seven make it to the ballot they would tie a record. The only year with seven initiatives on the ballot was 1914, the first year of voter initiatives in Washington.

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  1. malcolmkyle says:

    The war on drugs is a tale of a once great and free nation which fell down a rat hole into a fantasy world riddled with peculiar and dystopian logic.

    No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safe again; only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are we willing to foolishly risk our own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution?

    If you support prohibition then you’re doing nothing but helping evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, controlling vast swaths of territory with significant social and military resources at their disposal.

    There are just three groups of people who still believe in drug prohibition:

    1. Fairly retarded true believers; ignorant Calvinists that have never lost their vindictive fervor for punitive hatred and who actually think it’s better that way. They get high on their own stupidity while protesting the taking of any non-liquid intoxicants.

    2. Those who profit from the law enforcement/ prison industrial complex.

    3. Those who profit from the manufacture, sale, and distribution of prohibited drugs.

    The thing that’s really important to keep in mind is that the second group is oftentimes inexorably intertwined with the third group, while they both pretend to be part of the first group.

    The war on drugs is a tale of a once great and free nation which fell down a rat hole into a fantasy world riddled with peculiar and dystopian logic.

    No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safe again; only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are we willing to foolishly risk our own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution?

    If you support prohibition then you’ve helped trigger the worst crime wave in history.

    If you support prohibition you’ve a helped create a black market with massive incentives to hook both adults and children alike.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped to make these dangerous substances available in schools and prisons.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped raise gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped create the prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped remove many important civil liberties from those citizens you falsely claim to represent.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped put previously unknown and contaminated drugs on the streets.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped to escalate Theft, Muggings and Burglaries.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped to divert scarce law-enforcement resources away from protecting your fellow citizens from the ever escalating violence against their person or property.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped overcrowd the courts and prisons, thus making it increasingly impossible to curtail the people who are hurting and terrorizing others.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, controlling vast swaths of territory with significant social and military resources at their disposal.

    If you support prohibition then prepare yourself for even more death, corruption, sickness, imprisonment, unemployment, foreclosed homes, and the complete loss of the rule of law and the Bill of Rights.

  2. decomposing1 says:

    Dont forget the churches and their message of intolerence.

  3. r.e. Malcolm’s comment: Amen.

  4. malcolmkyle says:

    Why would any one person believe they have the right to dictate to another person what they may or may not do with their own lives and bodies? Why waste so much time and energy on all the wrong issues? We are surrounded by serious, very real dangers. The next huge economic meltdown is approaching which will be far worse than the last one. While all this and more is going down, the busy bodies are worried about whether or not someone is smoking a bowl of flowers or snorting and injecting various powders. Drug use is not going away and the millions of people involved on a regular basis are your neighbors, business associates, co-workers, PTA members, little league coaches, cops, firefighters, nurses, doctors, and even politicians. We need to prioritize our agenda and spend our energies protecting and loving our children and each other.

    Prohibition isn’t like a disease where we’re still waiting for the cure to be discovered – we know the cure for this. This isn’t like putting a man on the moon or inventing the Internet – it doesn’t take some stroke of genius or feat of technology. We have everything we need, right now, to end this moronothon. Rarely in the history of mankind have we encountered a problem of such magnitude and consequence that is so eminently solvable.

    The Founding Fathers were not social conservatives who believed that citizens should be subordinate to any particular narrow religious moral order. That is what the whole concept of unalienable individual rights means, and sumptuary laws, especially in the form of prohibition, were something they continually warned about.

    What a lost and futile cause Prohibition is! The country is flat busted. It’s ‘Weimar Republic’ here we come. It would make more sense, and cost a hell of a lot less, if the Feds created an agency to count grains of sand on all of the US beaches. Why in Sam Hill would such a great nation purposely shoot itself in the foot?

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