Northwest Leaf Votes No on I-502
I-502 is a legalization initiative that will destroy Washington's medical cannabis industry and criminalize legally authorized patients
I-502 is a legalization initiative that will destroy Washington's medical cannabis industry and criminalize legally authorized patients. It's backed by a group called New Approach Washington, which has joined forces with the ACLU and a very small group of investors who have contributed $3.2 million in campaign donations. Seem off? It gets worse. Here are five important reasons why every caregiver and patient must vote NO on I-502.
The DUI statute
I-502 sets legal driving limits for patients and recreational users alike - without any designation between the two. Essentially, any patient on a regular medicating schedule would be considered illegal to drive. There is a zero tolerance section for those under 21.
Luckily some are working against this terrible idea. As noted on the Patients Against New Approach website, "Initiative 502 creates a new law that makes it illegal to drive with 5 mg/ml of active THC in your bloodstream even if you are not impaired. That level is NOT supported by science and would subject patients to highly-invasive blood testing, unnecessary confinement and a criminal conviction that will haunt them for life." Essentially, if you medicate on a Monday, you wouldn't be considered "legal" to drive until Tuesday, possibly even Wednesday, regardless of impairment. That is not acceptable for patients.
Gil Mobley, MD, who specializes as a medical review officer
(drug screenings) had this to say about the DUI statute: "If 502 passes, there
won't be a doctor in the state who can ethically recommend cannabis knowing
that it will take away their patients' right to drive. It will make innocent
patients and recreational users into criminals. We need to correlate a DUI law
with roadside impairment tests - not a baseless number."
State Run Access Points
I-502 would regulate marijuana like liquor was, and Washington's voters are tired of that. In addition, there would be a 25 percent special tax levied against all sales. The other cause/effect of this would be the disappearance of privately run collectives. No more patient to patient collective access means lower quality medicine, less information and no skilled budtenders to guide you. It's a major step backwards. The current system allows for privacy, choice and free market principles that ensure quality and innovation.
New Possession Limits
I-502 would limit patients to one ounce of dried cannabis, one pound of medibles and 72 ounces of cannabis-infused liquids. Currently in Seattle, possession for non-medical patients is decriminalized up to 48 grams. Under I-502, possession north of 40 grams becomes a felony. This would make more non violent users felons and destroy the medically authorized limits patients have now.
Mass Production of Product
There's a lot of cash being thrown at this initiative by industrious backers. There's a reason: It would take away the rights of individuals to cultivate their own medicine. What kind of legalization doesn't let you grow? Instead, a limited amount of facilities (and owners) would be allowed to produce the cannabis for the state-run access points. This means lower quality, mass-produced pot and high profits for only a select few. We cannot support a marijuana monopoly.
The Federal Government
The Feds have made it clear they will intervene if states enact legalization measures. Do we really need more raids and negative attention for cannabis? To wit, initiatives campaign director Alison Holcomb of the ACLU said she has no idea what will happen if I-502 is voted into law. "This is an evolving area of the law," Holcomb told The Seattle Times. "We'd be foolhardy to say we think we know what's going to happen."
If the director of the campaign thinks it's foolhardy, patients and voters have no reason to support it. I-502 is a risk we cannot take.
Patients of Washington- Don't Let I-502 Take Our Rights!
It's not right for medicine, and it's not right for patients.
Don't sign, and keep this privatized initiative off our ballots.
Can you please tell me where you get your information on the collective gardens? You stated the following: " The other cause/effect of this would be the disappearance of privately run collectives. " Where is this information stated within the I-502 Bill? Thanks! Joy Stapleton
BY: joystapleton on Aug 21, 2012 at 8:43pm
To Joy: The state would run access points, meaning the dispensaries would not be all run out, but... Think of it like the state stepping into the liquor business. Mandatory higher taxes, mega farms producing your medicine (as opposed to a farmer who cares what he and you consume), and most of your mom and pop liquor stores have been shut down. A side note, it's also fishy that no one takes credit for composing the bill. But a main contributor is the Owner of progressive insurance, and while his "I've been a victim of DUID" is a good smokescreen. I feel his main motivation is the money he'll rake in on SR-22 (or the drunk driver equivalent) insurance. Do your research, ask plenty of questions... At hempfest everyone supporting I 502 was from "NORML", none of them were washington residents, while everyone at the two NO to 502 stands were all washington residents. I think that said more than anything.
BY: gushutch on Aug 22, 2012 at 4:50pm