On December 6th, 2012; it will be legal to carry up to an ounce of marijuana in Washington State. This is but the first domino to fall. Many states will follow Washington’s and Colorado’s leads.
There have been some interesting developments in Washington State since I-502, (the legalization of up to an ounce of weed for recreational use), was passed by voters. King and Pierce Counties have dismissed 220 misdemeanor marijuana charges and the Seattle Police Department has put out a guide to using marijuana within the city limits of Seattle.
First from ABC:
Here is another study touting the benefits of the legalization of marijuana. The federal government has always kept a close eye on marijuana. They tightly control it and don’t allow studies on it, unless the study is to going say how bad it is.
With medical marijuana a reality in 16 states, scientists can finally study it and the effects it has on people. More and more the public is going to learn that marijuana, and its cousin hemp are actually valuable commodities that do way more good than harm.
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Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption
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This is a repost from Feb. 2010:
I first published this as my final essay in an English class three years ago. It is still pertinent in today’s world especially considering what is happening just across the border in Mexico.
In 1937 the Marijuana Tax Act was passed, making marijuana taxable and therefore controllable by the government. The penalties for marijuana possession and use have gotten more stringent over time with the passage of the Boggs Act and the Narcotic Control Act during the fifties. The Boggs Act established uniform penalties and mandatory minimum sentencing and the Narcotics Control Act increased the penalties and fines for the possession and sale of illegal narcotics, (including marijuana). In 1970, the Controlled Substance Act classified marijuana and by association, hemp, as a Schedule I drug, (along with heroin and LSD) “Schedule I drugs are classified as having a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision“ (DEA para 3). Although the United States government paints marijuana as an evil, insidious, gateway drug that is undermining the very fabric of our society, if people were to know the truth about the lies that started the drug wars, the health benefits of marijuana, the costs associated with the eradication of this innocuous weed, and the versatility of marijuana’s cousin, hemp, they would put an end to this so-called War on Drugs.
by Associated Press
Posted on April 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM
SEATTLE – Gov. Chris Gregoire says she won’t sign legislation to create licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state after the Justice Department warned it could result in a federal crackdown.
The two U.S. attorneys in the state told Gregoire in a letter Thursday that bills passed by the Washington House and Senate would permit large-scale marijuana growing and distribution systems in violation of federal law. They warned that growers, sellers, landlords and even state employees who license such operations could face prosecution.
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You are working at your dream job when you are selected for a random, mandatory, drug test. You readily give a urine sample since you do not use illicit drugs. Two days later your supervisor calls you into his office and informs you that you failed the drug test and you are no longer employed there. This scenario plays out across the country more often than you would think. Most people are under the mistaken belief that drug tests are infallible. Nothing could be farther from the truth.