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Voters Should Hold Out For Real Marijuana Reform

Posted on  October 15, 2012 by  News Admin

  Washington's I-502 'Legalization': Don't Fall For This Narrow Proposal By Douglas Hiatt Sensible Washington Washington voters are being told a big lie. New Approach Washington, the campaign behind Initiative 502, is advertising that it will "legalize" marijuana. It would not. It creates a very narrow exception that defines the possession of one ounce by adults over 21, and the state's rules for production, as "not a violation" of the law. I-502 leaves every single law now making marijuana illegal on the books. Walk out of the state-sanctioned, licensed and taxed store and hand the marijuana to your significant other and it is a delivery of marijuana. This is not comprehensive, real reform. What I-502 does change is our DUI law. Our current DUI laws are working just fine and result in conviction rates of more than 90 percent. This initiative sets unneeded, unasked for and unscientific levels for impairment for adults (5 nanograms, rejected three times by the Colorado Legislature), while establishing a zero-tolerance provision for all drivers 16 to 21. It also takes away your ability to defend yourself. If you meet the levels, you are guilty. No explaining that you are a patient, no arguing about the levels or tolerance, nothing. For drivers age 16 to 21, any detectable amount of marijuana will result in a DUI conviction and disastrous effects on their parents' insurance. This is not based on impairment; it is simply a new penalty for marijuana for kids. But it is a very impactful one for parents with teenage...