The Country is Watching !

                                WASHINGTON

Washington’s new bill 502 legalizing marijuana for adults over the age of 21 is being watched by other state governments as well as the public to see if Americans are responsible enough to tackle the opportunity afforded them with this measure. This measure was placed in the hands of state liquor control boards to regulate, tax, and propose driving under the influence of marijuana laws. A marijuana producer’s license will be available and renewable yearly to grow and sell to processors and other producers. Application fees are $250.00 and issuance and renewal fees will be $1000.00 and a separate license will be needed for each location. It seems as if the state of Washington will handle this task much the same as alcohol, tobacco products can still be sold as long as they do not imply they are for the use of Marijuana. After only three months into law, State Representative Christopher Hurst of Enumclaw has already begun to try to change the law proposing that they inflate the fees to obtain licensing. “It would be foolish to leave money on the table when the state is facing a billion dollar mandate to improve  education.” He said  Tuesday in a bill introduced by him. Rep. Hurst’s bill would also allow retailers to sell within 500′ of schools, daycare, and parks instead of 1000′ as it now stands, stating that this would help urban areas in tax revenue. Alison Holcomb, author of bill I-502 has reservations about the change saying “Jacking up the cost of participating is especially troubling as growers who can not afford the licensing will continue to grow illegally instead of participating in the regulated market”. As the State of Washington tries to forge ahead with its concept that regulating the growth and sale of a class I substance and making it legal, there are people who for reasons unbeknownst to me can not act responsible enough to see that their actions can bring negative publicity and do great harm straight up to not only the citizens that have sought reform for decades of this law but also people who quietly hope for the reform that has been set in motion. Centralia WA.  Friday police served a warrant on a 24-year-old mother for letting her 22 month old son smoke from a bong. Also arresting the 25-year-old father on charges of manufacturing 40 plants and three counts of possession of firearms. REALLY! The boy and another child was put in custody of the Child Protective Services.

 COLORADO

People in Colorado are looking at this new law in more interesting ways such as how to approach your kids about “pot” being legal and seeking advice on how to raise well-rounded, healthy, and happy kids. Boulder psychologist Jan Hittelman offers great advice on the subject. “Have frequent discussions that are ongoing and encourage a respectful exchange of ideas, minimize lecturing, let your child do most of the talking, and discuss the benefits of substance use and how to achieve the same results without using”. Discuss how using pot will harm the brain development of person up until their twenties and this is one reason the law states you must be 21 to legally use marijuana and alcohol. Also stress that being honest is far less to receive harsh punishment than lying and be open to them.

Colorado’s Amendment 64 implementation Task Force has been extremely busy since it formed in December going through more than 100 issues and recommending dozens of policies. Looking at all aspects of reforming this law,  Jack Finlaw a co-chair on the task force and lawyer to Gov. John Hickenlooper sought to amend banking laws on the Federal level for marijuana business’s as well as the highly controversial firing of employee’s who smoke on off duty hours. The task force has already opened the door to tourism by allowing out-of-state residents to buy marijuana legally in the state. There remains a lot of work to accomplish before this month is over and laws will need to be re-wrote to adjust  to this new climate but it seems to me that Colorado is the headliner on setting up the laws that will be adopted by the rest of the country.

Enviro-Textiles has been granted approval on the Federal level to grow and sell hemp products. The Glenwood Springs company states banks as standing in the way by not approving loans as they are worried about the law aspects. Barbara Filippone, president of Enviro refers to the laws in the       1930’s siting that hemp was a major product in rope, clothing, and other industrial uses.

18 states and D.C. have laws allowing for the use of medical marijuana and more are looking at passing laws in the coming year. While it is a long shot, an effort in Congress is underway to change U.S. laws regarding marijuana. Both parties have quietly been working on bills to legalize production of industrial hemp and put forth a federal pot tax. It is suggested that revenue could bring in 20 billion dollars a year and that could be directed to law enforcement, substance abuse, and the national debt. Democratic Rep. Blumenauer of Oregon has co-sponsored this bill and said that the 75-year-old federal prohibition on marijuana should come to an end. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell came out in support of legalizing hemp in his home state of Kentucky.

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In closing I feel that first off we as the people should take responsibility of using marijuana as a recreational drug seriously and not put children or animals in danger of being around it. I also believe that if we as a whole will band together than we can see the changes that are so long overdue. We can not afford to wait on Congress to pass this law at a federal level as in this point of time Congress isn’t getting anything done, so we need to apply pressure at the local and state levels.” You use a clip on your joint to avoid burning your fingers, yes? then take the time to phone or write your local representative and let them know you want the changes made”.

resources/Seattle Times, Denver Post, and AP News wire. photos from bing

until next time, peace

©beibejones/midnightboogie’s 2013

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~ by beibejones on March 13, 2013.

10 Responses to “The Country is Watching !”

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  4. This blog is very interesting and I do have to agree if folks are responsible then they should look at that as long as they are over the age of 21 then hey what’s the problem you see other states that has attempted to try passing and some that has passed it. Do you hear of anything negative that has come out of it cause I know I have not. And you have brought up a lot of good issues on things. What a wonderful research that you have done. Great work.

  5. Thanks for posting this – good info

    • Thanks Yolonda, I enjoyed doing the research on this one and really thought it could help inform people on what is happening. I hope more folk will read this one and take action. Thanks again for the comment and for visting. Hope you have a great day! beibe

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