I-1068: Kitchen Table Reasons to Decriminalize Marijuana
I don't smoke, but jailing those who do is the stupidest policy I have ever heard of. That's why I not only support I-1068, Washington State's Marijuana Deciminalization Initiative, but am collecting signatures to put it on the ballot.
You should too.
The arguments are well-known and well-worn. You've probably sat at your kitchen table and gone over them with family and friends:
Marijuana is less harmful than either tobacco or alcohol.
If we want to jail somebody, let's put Big Tobacco's CEOs in jail for the hundreds of thousands they kill every year in the normal course of business.
The only people who profit from criminalizing weed are the drug cartels who, like their rum-running predecessors during Alcohol Prohibition, are making a killing, both literally and figuratively.
Weed makes some people stupid, but they were probably stupid to begin with; lots of other people it doesn't affect at all and there's a whole lotta people for whom it does as much good as my daily cuppa coffee.
While we may salute the sincerity and sacrifice of the Drug Enforcement Community in being Crusaders Against Evil, we must never forget that smiting the harmless and the innocent in the name of the Law only promotes more evil. It's sad and tragic that when you remove one ton or a hundred tons of the stuff from circulation, all you are accomplishing is to jack up the price of the stuff that remains ... making it even more valuable to the criminals. Retired police chief Norm Stamper is right.
And so on and so on. At this point, I don't think anyone who can be pursuaded by rational argument can oppose I-1068 so it's time now for We The People to make the law as our State Constitution provides.
I have my copy of the petition on a clipboard on the kitchen table. Anyone who comes into the kitchen gets asked to sign. Signing doesn't mean you support the inititiave; it just means you want there to be a vote on it, which may win or lose. When I leave the house, the clipboard goes with me in case I meet someone (heck if the LaRouchies can besiege the Post Office, I guess I have the duty to provide a sane alternative. Maybe I'll ask them to sign!) As soon as I fill it up, or in any event by the end of the month, I'm sending it in, having done that "civic action" thing we all heard about in school. It turns out that collecting signatures is also a fun way to make a little conversation. People will tell you the darndest stories!