THE GENIUS BEHIND WASHINGTON’S MARIJUANA BALLOT
Alison Holcomb designed I-502 and the state changed the terms
Alison Holcomb of the ACLU used her genius to write I-502, the 2012 ballot which legalized pot in Washington. She addressed the public’s biggest concerns about accepting the legalization of marijuana, and wrote the ballot to appeal to non-users. It was a brilliant tactic. Soon after legalization, the state disregarded many of those terms.
I-502 had safeguards to prevent stoned driving, public smoking of marijuana, home grows and under-age usage.
Yet, passage of I-502 created many new victims. To a strong extent, the 5-nanogram allowance for THC in drivers is not protecting public health and safety.
Politicians change the terms of I-502
Politicians changed or loosened some of the most important public safety nets built into I-502. Going against voter expectations, the city of Seattle decided to no longer issue any citations against public use of marijuana.
When Fife, Washington, did not want a dispensary in its community, the ACLU represented a dispensary owner, trying to force the city to allow pot. Fife, however, won in court.
Eventually, “medical” and “recreational” marijuana were unified. NORML’s Keith Stroup told an audience at Emory that his group would use medical marijuana as a red herring to give marijuana a good name to get full legalization. Slowly but surely, this promise made in 1979 has become true.
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is currently seeking comments on home grows. Washington is the only state with commercial pot stores which does not also allow home grows. For Complete article Parents Against Pot