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  1. CaptainTripps
    View attachment 25418 Marijuana initiatives to be filed in 6 state cities

    Initiatives to make prosecution for marijuana offenses the lowest law-enforcement priority are being promoted for Bellingham, Everett, Kent, Bremerton, Olympia and Spokane.

    A group that promotes legalization of marijuana says it will file initiatives in six Washington cities to make prosecution for pot offenses the lowest law-enforcement priority. Sensible Washington said Wednesday it would push the initiatives in Spokane, Olympia, Bellingham, Everett, Kent and Bremerton. Seattle voters in 2003 passed an initiative making the investigation, arrest and prosecution of marijuana offenses, when the drug was intended for adult personal use, the lowest law-enforcement priority. Tacoma voters did much the same last year.

    This fall, state voters will decide the fate of Initiative 502, which would create a system of state-licensed growers, processors and stores, and impose an excise tax at each stage. Those 21 and over could buy up to an ounce of dried marijuana; 1 pound of marijuana-infused product in solid form, such as brownies; or 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquids.

    Washington state already has a voter-approved medical-marijuana law that gives doctors the right to recommend — but not prescribe — marijuana for people suffering from cancer and other conditions that cause "intractable pain”.

    Originally published Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:04 PM


    Rank City Name Population*

    1 Seattle 563,374
    2 Spokane 195,629
    3 Tacoma 193,556
    6 Everett 91,488
    8 Kent 79,524
    10 Bellingham 67,171
    17 Olympia 42,514
    21 Bremerton 37,259


  1. CaptainTripps
    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=25741&stc=1&d=1334632352[/imgl]Group wants marijuana to be low priority for Richland police

    Richland residents can expect to see petitions this summer asking the city council to approve a low-priority law-enforcement policy on marijuana use.

    Richland and several other cities in Central Washington that allow for citizen petitions regarding proposed ordinances have been targeted for the campaign by a pro-medical-marijuana organization called Washington SAFER Coalition, based in Spokane.

    Ian Moody, who also founded Sensible Spokane Alliance, said petitions calling for a Richland ordinance regarding licensing, taxation and regulation of marijuana, making it a low priority for Richland police to arrest adults on marijuana offenses, are available at. www. wasafer. org

    Moody said similar municipal petition campaigns are being conducted in Yakima, Wenatchee and Chelan. There is no campaign in Kennewick or Pasco because those cities do not allow citizen initiatives, he said. The Richland campaign will need 20 percent of the registered voters, or just more than 9,100, by mid-October to qualify for having a special election in 2013, Moody said. "Even if we don't get this on the ballot, we'll continue to work on it locally," he said.

    Seattle approved a low-priority law-enforcement policy on marijuana nine years ago, and Tacoma did the same last year, Moody said.

    Spokane has been a target for the effort for years but still hasn't approved the policy. Moody claims Hispanics and blacks across the state are arrested on marijuana violations four times more than whites. Having a low-priority policy would change that, he said. "Seattle (with its user-friendly policy about marijuana) is basically a little utopia over there, but we shouldn't expect the same in Eastern Washington," Moody said.

    Having a low-priority policy for law enforcement would open the way for regulation and taxation of marijuana. That could reduce the market for illegal transactions and lower criminal activities in Central Washington, Moody said.

    Additionally, Moody said a low-priority policy would send a message to federal agents. "It is important for local entities to make it clear they do not want federal agents to interfere," he said
    The petition effort in Richland does not yet have a local coordinator. "This will be an all-volunteer effort, and it involves medical-marijuana people, which can be like herding cats," Moody said.

    Richland city attorney Thomas Lampson had no comment about the petition effort

    By John Trumbo
    Tri-City Herald,
    Originally published Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 7:34 PM
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