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US WA: OPED: We Can't Wait For Feds To Reform Marijuana Laws

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URL: http://www.mapinc.or...2/n027/a09.html

Newshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htm

Pubdate: Tue, 10 Jan 2012

Source: Olympian, The (WA)

Copyright: 2012 The Olympian

Contact: http://drugsense.org/url/51PidAHv

Website: http://www.theolympian.com/

Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/319

Author: Jolene Unsoeld

Note: Jolene Unsoeld of Olympia served in the Washington State

Legislature from the 22nd District followed by a term in Congress

from 1989 through 1995.






Recently signatures were turned in to the office of the Secretary of State by New Approach Washington to qualify Initiative 502 to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and over under Washington state law.


Passage of Initiative 502 would put our Washington ahead of that other Washington's ongoing criminal prohibition of marijuana, raising concerns among some. As a former U.S. representative and long-time meddler, I must share that I have seldom seen major shifts in federal law touching on sensitive social issues that didn't initiate at the state level.


And now after watching our nation spend 40 years and $1 trillion on a failed War on Drugs, I believe Washington's citizens understand that this is an issue where leadership must come from the states. Matters that resonate at a cultural or emotional level almost always are taken up first at home.


[Remainder snipped]



MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

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