Well the day we have been waiting for! Colorado & Washington have both passed the law for the use of recreational marijuana. Now then, the federal government apparently is not to happy about this and it has been said they are willing to talk. Which in our opinion is a good thing. If the federal government decides to initiate a lawsuit in order to thwart the law they are surely to run into a legal wrangling mess. It is not what the feds want but rather what the people want. It is the American way, yes, a democracy. It was the way we were raised and we won fair and square. Not only in one state of the union but two states within our union. I must say there had better be some strict regulations similar to alcoholic beverages. We have to have laws to protect our civil society and we can not let things get out of hand.
We would like to congratulate the citizenry of both Colorado and Washington, it is amazing how they came out ahead of California. We all knew in California it was going to happen…next you will see California jump ahead. The businesses will prosper and the marijuana domain names will fly off the charts as people will need websites to better their businesses. Legalize.co owns several of the following domain names:
Legalize.co is getting in on the business to better fund our movement. MarijuanaAccessories.com is a premium domain name and will surely see great strides in its over all use. Currently, we are seeking manufacturers who are willing to offer up their products for sale. If you are a manufacturer or have good recommended companies to evaluate please shoot us an email. Take a look at the following story and you can see how it all unfolds…
The Seattle Times reports: Washington enthusiastically leapt into history Tuesday, becoming the first state, with Colorado, to reject federal drug-control policy and legalize recreational marijuana use.
Initiative 502 was winning 56 to 44 percent, thanks to overwhelming support from King County, and more modest support from at least a dozen counties, rural and urban.
Washington joined Colorado, where a similar legalization measure passed. As the vote counts rolled in at I-502’s election-night party in Seattle, crowds burst into cheers.
“I’m going to go ahead and give my victory speech right now. After this I can go sit down and stop shaking,” said Alison Holcomb, I-502’s campaign manager and primary architect.
“Today the state of Washington looked at 75 years of national marijuana prohibition and said it is time for a new approach.”
The vote puts Washington to the left of the Netherlands on marijuana law. As of Dec. 6, it will no longer be illegal for adults 21 and over to possess an ounce of marijuana. A new “drugged driving” law for marijuana impairment also kicks in then.
Tuesday’s vote also begins a yearlong process for the state Liquor Control Board to set rules for heavily taxed and regulated sales at state-licensed marijuana stores, which are estimated to raise $1.9 billion in new revenue over five years.
Many legal experts expect the U.S. Justice Department, which remained silent during presidential-year politics, to push back and perhaps sue to block I-502 based on federal supremacy.
But Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said Seattle’s U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan told him Tuesday that the federal government “has no plans, except to talk.”
Initiative 502 ran a disciplined campaign with a tightly focused message, criticizing what it called the failed “war on drugs” without endorsing marijuana use itself.
A study, released late in the campaign, found more than 67,000 arrests for low-level marijuana possession in the past five years in Washington, with African Americans and Latinos arrested at widely disproportionate rates.
Initiative 502 vastly outspent modest opposition and raised more than $6 million, including more than $2 million from Peter B. Lewis of Ohio, chairman of Progressive Insurance.
A broad group of mainstream leaders — including former top federal law-enforcement officials, the King County sheriff, the entire Seattle City Council, public-health experts, African-American leaders and the state labor council — backed the measure. John McKay, U.S. attorney in Seattle under the George W. Bush administration, became a public face of the campaign.
The initiative faced surprisingly little organized opposition. The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs and a state drug-treatment-prevention group were opposed, but they did not raise money to counter I-502’s $2.8 million TV advertisement spending in October.
At debates, several police and treatment providers predicted I-502 would lead to marijuana use, especially among teenagers.
The loudest opposition came from some corners of the medical-marijuana industry, where entrepreneurs and patients said they feared being ensnared by I-502’s new DUI law, which does not exempt patients.
The DUI law also sets a zero-tolerance level for marijuana for drivers under 21, significantly stiffening current law.
Initiative 502 does not change the medical-marijuana law, which led to allegations that opposition from within the industry was self-serving.
Tuesday’s result was quickly hailed by activists. Keith Stroup, founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, called I-502 “the single most important thing in the marijuana legalization movement in the last 75 years,” and predicted it will become a template for other states to confront the federal ban on marijuana.
“That’s exactly what happened at the end of alcohol prohibition. I think that’s exactly what’s going to happen here,” said Stroup.
News researcher Gene Balk contributed. Jonathan Martin: 206-464-2605 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @jmartin206.
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