Stupid measure in Wash st to tax and regulate weed

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    When half of the pot-heads are against it - you know it is a bad measure.

    And even if it does pass - the feds will be all over it.

    Predict it will go down - and be the last measure for quite sometime to legalize any drugs.
     
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    Donations to this measure are around five million to pass and around five thousand against.

    Most of the money is coming from out of state. SOMEBODY... Soros, Rick Steves, and another guy that spent over 3 million combined is obviously trying to build a test case for legalizing drugs.

    They have a pretty respectable lineup of heavy hitters from law enforcement and the us attourneys office in the ads.

    I had to laugh when the poor guys against it said they only had $5,000 in donations.. The dude looked beat down and about to cry.

    In the past the money to push back on these types of laws has been huge. Where are the anti drug people on this?

    This thing will most likely pass here in Washington and at least pot laws will go the way of gambling laws because of the percieved new bountiful revenue stream and job creation it promises.
     
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    Steves is a commie
     
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    End Cannabis Prohibition!
    September 29, 2012

    Cannabis prohibition has failed. It’s time we take a sensible approach to our cannabis policies, and legalize it for adults.

    As we move forward in preparation of our 2013 initiative, here are some key reasons why we should re-legalize cannabis:

    - Cannabis prohibition has inflated our prison populations with nonviolent individuals. Many have heard this statistic before, but it’s a powerful one: as a nation we possess 5% of the world’s population, yet harbor 25% of the world’s prisoners. The failed war on drugs (which has primarily been a war on cannabis) plays a large part in this.

    - Without full legalization the black-market will continue to thrive, financially benefiting criminal organizations, and further endangering public safety. This dangerous black-market has fueled violent crime throughout the country, and many of the most dangerous criminal syndicates get a majority of their profit from the illegal cannabis market. For example, Mexican drug cartels, which have been responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in recent years, gain roughly 60% of their profit from U.S. marijuana sales.

    - Cannabis is a multi-billion dollar industry. One of the top cash crops in our country. Legalization would bring a substantial and worthy revenue boost at a time when we could desperately use it.

    - Legalization would create jobs. If we legalize one of the top cash crops in the country – one that for decades has benefited the black-market – we’ll legitimatize an industry that will quickly generate tens of thousands of jobs throughout the state and nation. Medical cannabis has already created thousands of jobs throughout the country, yet these workers are subject to arrest working at locations that are allowed under state law. Our national job market isn’t strong enough to ignore what will surely be an expansive new industry.

    - Prohibition disproportionately affects minorities. Studies consistently show this to be true. For example, according to past reports, African-Americans and Hispanics make up 20% of cannabis consumers in the country, yet comprise nearly 60% of those sentenced under federal law. Further reports show that African-Americans are 2.5 times more likely to be arrested for a marijuana offense than someone who’s white, and 8 times more likely to go to jail for a drug offense.

    - Cannabis prohibition ruins lives. Whether it’s a student losing college loan and grant money, a parent being refused employment or food stamps because of a current or past cannabis related conviction, or a person being sentenced to life in prison, cannabis prohibition consistently destroys the lives of those undeserving of punishment – all over their choice to use a safer alternative to legal substances such as alcohol.

    - Cannabis is a vastly beneficial medicine, yet, because of prohibition, we refuse to take full advantage of what this plant has to offer, and we continue to imprison and ruin the lives of medical patients. We need to repeal cannabis prohibition in order to fully protect those who truly need it, and so that we can end the federal blockade on further research.

    - An end to cannabis prohibition is an end to hemp prohibition. Hemp is one of the most diverse and useful products on the planet. It’s illegality is a travesty, as is the fact that we import hundreds of millions of dollars of hemp from Canada and China, rather than allowing our farmers to take advantage of this useful crop.

    - Cannabis is a non-lethal and therapeutically beneficial substance that adults should have the right to use without fear of criminal prosecution.

    - It’s a plant. Outlawing nature in its rawest form should always be seen as unacceptable.
     
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    NC passed a pot tax decades ago.
     
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    What's stupid is people like yourself who haven't learned the lessons of Prohibition. The War on Drugs has done nothing but empowered drug cartels and massively increase the prison population.

    As far as the Feds trying to interfere if this law passes, I'm sure they will, but if the marijuana is grown and sold only in Washington where is their Constitutional authority to crack down on it going to come from? They can't use the Commerce Clause.
     
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    NC? Ya..I'm sure that was an honest attempt to legalize and tax pot. :lol:
     
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    Pot is not legal here.
     
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    Pot is the path to winning elections.

    Pot Prizes May Have Lured More Eagle Rock Residents To Vote « CBS Los Angeles

    EAGLE ROCK (CBSLA.com) — Fliers offering $40 worth of free medical-grade marijuana were reportedly passed out in Eagle Rock to try and draw residents to vote in the local election.

    Was the free pot an incentive to get a larger turnout? Politics ranked “high” on resident’s list of priorities. Nearly 10 times as many voters – 792 residents – turned out to the polls during the recent Neighborhood Council elections than last year.

    “It’s a little weird that people can’t come out and vote on their own. I see that as a problem, as a social symptom,” Eagle Rock resident Joerael Elliott said.
     
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    There are pot tax laws on the books in almost every state. It's just a way to doubly charge people - once for selling pot, and again for not collecting the sales tax on it.

    For the most part, they're stamp taxes - as in, each baggie of weed you buy should have a tax stamp on it.
     

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