Ive heard recently about people collecting signatures for a number of petitions in WA. Specifically interested in the conversation that Gina Cargile brought up about the petitions that her brother saw getting signed, for NAW (I-502).
I am curious why so many activists follow whatever legislation has the word “marijuana” in it. Do they read it? Do they realize how much they are sacrificing for such little reward?
Why sacrifice? Why give in to peer pressure? Why not READ the initiative and apply some critical thinking.
Then of course I see the city council meetings in Spokane. Im curious about that. There are a few people I know, albeit not very well, going to these city council meetings and asking for a “legal review” of some local cannabis initiatives. Now while these initiatives seems promising for local recognition Im curious how effective they will be and seeing how much time is spent on them, and will they ever get out to the signature process? The council president made some good points about these laws not being applicable in regards to state and federal law, and we saw this same thing earlier this year that despite state law, 40+ dispensaries were shut down anyway.
So this leads us back to, what to do about state law?
Do we rally behind SB 5073? As I told everyone all year from the beginning that SB 5073 would screw patients and it most certainly did that. Screwing up the “one patient at any given time” provision, hindering the doctor patient relationship with new requirements and regulations, etc..
Or…. Instead of being so willing to sacrifice our rights, in exchange for new ones. Why don’t we just address the problem head on, as we have attempted with SW in the past?
I-505 is good law. I-1149 was good law. I-1068 was good law.
Its not like there aren’t better options to SB 5073 and I-502.
There are plenty of better options.
So why split support between bad law like I-502 that makes highly restrictive and highly dangerous DUID limits, and good law like I-505 that simply ends penalties period?
Are we REALLY that desperate for change, that we will shoot our selves in the foot? I don’t get it?
Sometimes lessons come in the form of pain. As we have saw in 2011 pain has been a lot of the growing process in Washington.