…taken by proponents of Washington State’s I-502 – and very well-played in my opinion.
In today’s newspaper there’s an article on a recent “study” released by New Approach Washington. The data gives us the number of people who’ve been arrested in the last 25 years and the amount of money spent on cannabis enforcement the last 10; 240,000 and 211 million (respectively).
Now, I know a quarter of a century is a pretty good span of time, but damn… that’s a lot of people! Curiosity had me checking the population of Vancouver, Washington; 164,759 (the 4th largest city in the state). So then, figuratively speaking, every single person I see today (plus) would have been arrested for cannabis at one time.
Forget trying to put the money into some sort of perspective. Not having even two nickels to rub together how the Hell can I get my head around 211 mil?
Oh, before I forget, here’s the link to the story if you’d care to have a gander:
240,000, 211 mil
Having that printed was a pretty slick move on the part of those endorsing I-502. Any sensible person can see things hafta change! Oh! And NAW has T.V. commercials, too! Here, check it out:
I know many within the medicinal cannabis community are fighting this thing tooth and nail. The DUII provision (per se 5ng/ml) is one Hell of a sticking point. Many claim should 502 pass and the feds gut it the only provision left will be the DUII. At this time impairment must be shown. The 5ng/ml is defenseless. The limit is “per se.”
I sure as shit hope they’re wrong. I’ve a gut feeling Initiative 502 will pass. If it does, I suppose we’ll learn soon enough if it was a good thing… or bad.