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Why You Should Vote No On I-502

Posted on  August 15, 2012 by  News Admin

  Washington state's I-502 was carefully crafted to look like "responsible" cannabis legalization to the general public. Unfortunately, in trying too hard to appease law enforcement and other opponents of legalization, I-502 creates a list of brand new threats to medical cannabis patients and providers without actually legalizing marijuana.  I-502 only decriminalizes possession of an ounce or less of cannabis and only applies to adults, 21 and older, who purchase cannabis from a state licensed store with heavy taxes.  We can't allow this initiative to set national standards for other legalization initiatives in other states, nor can we stand by and allow it to pass, knowing the years of trouble it will take to try and fix this terrible initiative. Meanwhile, many patients will lose their driving rights and be forced back to the black market for medicine.  We have to come together to oppose this initiative and send our own message; that changes in policy need to be good changes, not just any changes, and that patients can organize and defeat threats against us.  I-502's negative provisions are many: • DUI convictions for patients with no defense in court. You could receive a DUI a day or more after medicating. Because the ACLU chose to use inconclusive science, the new law would use blood testing of active THC to determine whether you are impaired while driving. Patients who have recently been tested a day after medicating have found blood THC levels much higher than allowed under I-502. This means that the police don't...