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Report: Marijuana measure falls short

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on July 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm with 4 Comments »
July 1, 2010 6:03 pm

The ballot initiative to legalize marijuana has been gasping for breath for a while, but the wheezing may have turned into a death rattle.

As of Wednesday, supporters reported being at least 40,000 short of the required 241,153 valid signatures they would need to have by Friday to get Initiative 1068 on the ballot.

Andrew Garber at the Seattle Times reports this afternoon the initiative won’t have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. It appears the only appointment marijuana enthusiasts will have to remember at 4:20 p.m. Friday is their usual one.

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  1. 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 and 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?

  2. SFDocBartman says:

    and they need the extra tax dollars?

    They could have increased the number of government employees – we currently have only 1 per 18 citizens.. and you know darn good and well all of our politicians are smoking something – come on share with those that need it – and legalize for those of us that pay taxes… Enough is enough…

  3. notSpicoli says:

    “…the only appointment marijuana enthusiasts will have to remember at 4:20 p.m. Friday is their usual one.”

    jordan schrader, not only are your attempts at sarcasm and humor not particularly funny, but also based on stereotyping. It’s a cheap shot. Supporting 1-1068 does not make one a marijuana enthusiast nor a marijuana user.

    I-1068 was about ending marijuana prohibition and its evils which includes the death of 1,000’s by the Mexican drug cartels. Hardly funny.

    Maybe you should try being a journalist rather then a comedian.

  4. Jordan Schrader says:


    If the legalization campaign didn’t want to inspire such amateur attempts at comedy, they could have scheduled their turn-in for any time of day other than 4:20.


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