Relating to – Protecting children from the cannabis/marijuana economy I-1215
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Some things to note. This initiative is IMHO from a first time read, a good thing over all. A bit of a compromise in some areas. Like the 18-21 issue. But I think it is responsibly handled when addressed in favor of use under parental guidance in the case of medical or spiritual use. That is very important.
400 sq. ft. garden.. That is nice little garden. It would be enough for my personal needs. As long as it doesn’t affect medical limits and such. I don’t think hemp was addressed enough, but I would like to grow 20 acres of seed hemp at any time of year.
Some of the good aspects that I pulled from this from my first gaze on it.
(j) From the peer pressure to consume cannabis/marijuana in public places by making it a civil infraction for those under twenty-one years of age to consume cannabis/marijuana or be under the influence of cannabis/marijuana in a public place, unless in the presence of their parent(s) or guardian(s);
(k) By allowing for the medicinal or spiritual use of cannabis/marijuana by minors with the approval of the minor’s parent or legal guardian;
(11) Subsections (6), (7), and (10)(a) of this section do not apply to marijuana given or permitted to be given to a person under the age of twenty-one years by a parent or guardian and consumed in the presence of the parent or guardian.
(12) Subsections (6), (7), and (10)(a) of this section do not apply to marijuana given for medicinal purposes to a person under the age of twenty-one years by a physician, practitioner, or dentist.
(13) Subsections (6), (7), and (10)(a) of this section do not apply to marijuana given to a person under the age of twenty-one years when such marijuana is being used in connection with religious services with the consent of a parent or guardian.
(14)(a) Unless otherwise authorized by the state it is unlawful for a person to produce cannabis except in compliance with the following requirements:
(1) The person is twenty-one years of age or older;
(2) The total square footage of the combined plant canopy of all cannabis garden(s) maintained by the person does not exceed four hundred square feet in size;
These are not all ideal situations, but way more responsible than what I-502 is proposing!
There are some regulations in place that again are not the most favorable to the 18-21 crowd, and certainly no change for minors.
“(b) It is unlawful for a person under the age of twenty-one years to be in a public place, or to be in a motor vehicle in a public place, while exhibiting the effects of having consumed marijuana. For purposes of this subsection, exhibiting the effects of having consumed marijuana means that a person has the odor of marijuana on his or her breath and either: “
If we are going to be writing regulations, even if I don’t agree with it ideally. I do think making these laws less ambiguous helps law enforcement focus their efforts on real crimes and real needs of the community.
My over all thought on the 18-21 year old issue, is that if a person is old enough to fight and die for his/her country, they should have the freedom to put whatever they want in their own bodies, in a responsible way.
Are there things in this initiative that I do not agree with? Yes.
Do I see any thing major that sticks out that would prevent me from signing this initiative if given the chance? I would actually read it one more time before answering that. But over all I think this is a good forward type step in a positive direction for real law reform.
I-1215 is not in total agreement with my beliefs, but I see how some compromises need to be made, even if only on the short term.
I think it is being proven every day that cannabis people are thoughtful, productive, creative, and contributors to those things that are good in our society. So I can’t imagine introducing any new penalties, we just need to roll back the penalties.
I liked the following in this initiative-
“-(p) By making it a crime for an employee or other agent of the State of Washington to assist the Federal Government in prosecuting federal cannabis/marijuana offenses that are not also violations under the laws of Washington State while permitting the transmission of aggregate data for reporting purposes.-“
I wouldn’t go as far as to call it “legalization”. But this is much much better than I-502!
It makes logical sense, as everything ads up. I makes common sense, because one section is supported by another.
It has some scientific ideology that while would appeal to a broader base, it doesn’t seem right about the 18-21 thing.
But I feel the same way about alcohol and tobacco as well. If 18 is the age you are a man/woman.. If that is the day you can serve and die for your country. Then that be the year!
But I don’t live in Washington right now, nor do I have anything better written up myself. It does address real needs, and makes progress towards addressing those needs.
Please read it yourself. Post your thoughts. Correct me if Im wrong. Im about to re-read it again right now.
I do like it is about 1/3 of the size of the I-502 initiative. That thing is huge! This one is so straight to the point!
I like what I’ll call the preamble or lecture in the beginning of the initiative. Explaining sound reason!
I also am in favor of I-1208 in WA