This has always been obvious to me that a precedence would be set, or a trend would follow if one state is successful with DUID laws or proposals. I was blogging about this last year and ever since about Washington’s I-502’s DUID limits.
Before Washington started their proposal for DUID limits, Colorado had shot down the DUID limit proposal in HB 1261. I was hopeful that would put an end to it. But the beat goes on with NAW (I-502) just months later.
I have to admit I was shocked that I-502 got as many signatures as they got at first, until I followed the money and found out that pretty much all of their signatures were paid for, and that most of the signature gatherers were from out of state.
From my prospective I have kept a watchful eye on which locals are participating in these proposals. There are very few locals participating in this.
I have also begged and pleaded with everyone I know with a few bucks to spare to invest in the real deal when it comes to legalization.. Unsuccessfully though, because low and behold as it goes in America, corporations and lawyers tend to get their way.
Population demographics suggest that there are more lawyers in the USA than anywhere in the world.
Roughly 37% of all lawyers in the world are in the USA. (active lawyers)
That lawyers and politicians are driving these DUID laws is not surprising to me either.
I have been concerned that we the people are allowing for these additional prohibitions to enter a freedom movement.
Why not follow the Portugal model, or even the Holland model at very least? These are systems that work well, and have been proven over decades of trial and studies. They haven’t beefed up their DUID limits, and there are fewer problems with drugs over all, including driving than before decriminalizing/legalizing.
Why do we need new per se DUID limits, when we have functioning DUI laws already as well as Reckless driving laws?
These are the questions that I would suppose the legalization lobbyists/orgs are asking. Are they?
This statement echos my concern:
Marijuana activist Corey Donahue, who was credited with helping to derail last year’s bill, testified again last night, declaring the measure unconstitutional. “Why are the only people supporting a bill that would essentially imprison and arrest innocent people, the same people enforcing our laws?” he asked. “And I’m just questioning this because this whole thing seems as if the state and the law enforcement officials of the state are trying to criminalize people’s conduct with no science to back it up.” Westword
These are the references that I found to site the references above:
- Promises from Washington ACLU when passing marijuana laws