Marijuana: How pot measures in Washington and Oregon compare to Amendment 64

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Colorado isn't the only state with pot in the voting booths this year. The Pacific Northwest has also become a cannabis-friendly haven over the last few decades, and ballot measures in both Washington and Oregon contain legalization proposals.

If passed, Washington's Initiative 502 would make it legal for adults 21 and over to possess and use up to one ounce of buds, sixteen ounces of solid marijuana edibles and 72 ounces of liquids, such as tinctures and, presumably, hash oil. As with Colorado's Amendment 64, the proposal would charge an existing state office with managing the new, legal pot industry. Tax revenue generated would go toward public health care and substance-abuse clinics. The measure is currently polling well, with some pollsters predicting it will get 54 percent of the vote.

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That's not so surprising, though, when you see how much money pro-502 folks have spent to get the word out.

By late October, New Approach Washington had raised nearly $5.7 million -- considerably more money than had Amendment 64's proponents. The largest portion of that sum (more than $2 million) came from Progressive Insurance founder Peter Lewis, who was arrested over a decade ago for pot possession on a trip to New Zealand and has since become a major supporter of groups like the Marijuana Policy Project. The national Drug Policy Alliance donated another $1.6 million, and well-known travel-book author Rick Steves shipped in a quarter-million.

The two officially registered anti-502 campaigns, on the other hand, had only raised about $16,200 by the end of October, according to campaign finance reports. Included in that figure is more than $9,000 from Washington medical marijuana center owners and attorneys who say they oppose the proposal because of what it doesn't do. If passed, for example, it would not permit personal gardens. Medical patients could still grow their own, but recreational users would have to purchase their herb from a store.

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But for many pot proponents, like Sensible Washington, the biggest problem with 502 is that it would lock the state's driving-under-the influence-of-marijuana limits at .5 nanograms per milliliter of blood. That's the same level Colorado lawmakers have unsuccessfully tried to pass twice in the last two years. Opposition both times (and in Washington) comes primarily from medical marijuana patients, who point out that they develop tolerances and have higher residual levels build up in their systems over time.

Westword proved that to be the case two years ago by sending me in for blood work more than twelve hours and a night's sleep after I had last smoked. Despite being deemed sober by a doctor, I tested at nearly three times the proposed limit. Colorado activists like The Colorado Alliance for Regulation and Education have the same concerns about Amendment 64, which says that driving under the influence of marijuana "shall remain illegal" if passed.

Continue to read more about marijuana proposals in Washington and Oregon.


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kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

A64 = one ounce six plants no doctor's visits no donkey nonsense

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Too bad we can't ship the assholes claiming that Amendment 64 creates a new DUID statute (total BS) to Washington, where I-502 does.  A new DUID law is bearing down like a bullet on Colorado right now; after sitting out one year, the Drug Policy Task Force of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice has once again endorsed the fundamentally unscientific, unjust 5ng THC per ml of blood per se standard for intoxication, and with the prohibitionists and Gov. Hack pushing hard for it, we will need another miracle to fend them off again. 

Coloradokid
Coloradokid

Usually I read these posts and let Donkey get under my skin, but not tonight. It is what's inside that counts! I just picked up a new O.pen and that bad boy IS  the future. Strain specific CO2 oil vaporizing bliss and the damn pen is free! I paid $70 for a stupid raw that never worked. My O.pen has a life time guarantee. I'm so damn happy I can't even hate on the Donkey tonight, but think it would be fair to tell Donkey to go suck one (and I mean an O.pen). 

Question
Question

If this amendment passes. Will anyone over the age of 21 be able to go into a dispensary and buy 1oz of marijuana on November 7th? I'm still confused as to how this all will play out.

Monkey
Monkey

Oregon is the only initiative I would vote for, because it's the closest to legalization. All the other ones are commercialization campaigns, that suppress the people. Oregon allows you to posses and grow weed. All the other ones keep weed illegal, but allow people a small amount. Washington wont even let people grow their own, that's why they got the most funding, from people who want to control a market, not legalize weed. The numbers clearly show what's going on. The more plants residents get to grow, the less funding. The less residents get to grow, the more funding. If you can't see what's going on, you're not paying attention. A vote for corporate weed is a vote against personal freedom. Don't let them fool you into becoming a customer.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @kevin_hunt 

 

Current Statute = 2 (two) ounces, no doctor visits, for EVERYBODY without discriminatory arbitrary age restrictions.

 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @RobertChase  

 

A64 --

(III) DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF MARIJUANA SHALL REMAIN ILLEGAL;

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

 @Question No; Amendment 64 proposes that present MMC licensees would have preference in obtaining licenses to sell cannabis to all adults, but the GA will not pass that legislation, because the Feds will not allow such stores to operate.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Question -- NO! ... MMJ Dispensaries can ONLY sell to Registered MMJ Patients -- not recreational stoners.

 

hth.

mattleising
mattleising

 @Monkey I agree Monkey I really like the way Oregon has theirs laid out as well. Maybe after 64 passes, we could further it to be more like theirs and modify it further in our own ways.  Only time will tell I suppose but I still feel 64 is on track and we have time to perfect it as well. Good thought man

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Monkey 

 

Oregon = NO LIMITS

 

Colorado = one pathetic ounce.

 

Colorado = FAIL!

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @DonkeyHotay Current statute = mandatory court appearance and $100 fine for possession, 18 months in jail for cultivation of one plant for EVERYBODY without discriminatory arbitrary age restrictions.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @mattleising  Because they are smoking donkey crack.

 

Donkey crack makes someone so gullible that they believe the donkey lies that hemp causes ball cancer and suicide.

mattleising
mattleising

@kevin_hunt How could anyone that thinks soldiers are murderers or that anyone in the MMJ biz or that does research on marijuana is in the "black market" like Donkey does has anything of merit or intelligence to say at all.

mattleising
mattleising

@DonkeyHotay @kevin_hunt Why do you Donkey for marijuana and alcohol?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @kevin_hunt  So why would you support those prohibitionist penalties against EVERYONE < 21 years old, as A64 does ?

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

 @orson  Why do peoplewho cannot understand the difference between the Colorado Constitution and the Colorado Revised Statutes imagine that they have something to contribute to this discussion?  You do not.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @orson -- In other words.... "insert steve king's bill here"

 

Excellent !!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Matt_in_Boulder  A64 could have EASILY set a SCIENTIFIC OBJECTIVE STANDARD that would have protected responsible marijuana users from unfair harassment and prosecution for residual accumulated THC / CBD in their system.

 

A64 = Pro-Law Enforcement, Anti-marijuana user/grower.

 

Ipso facto.

Matt_in_Boulder
Matt_in_Boulder

 @orson  @DonkeyHotay 

And so you blame A64, rather than Steve King for that?  You think any legalization initiative that says "Driving under the influence of marijuana shall be legal at any and all impairment levels" would actually get passed?

 

Red Herring anyone?  Not thanks, I'm not hungry...

mattleising
mattleising

@RobertChase @Monkey No it definitely has Robert but that doesn't change the fact that we may like it and hope for Colorado to gravitate to something closer to that eventually. I guess we'll see after 64 passes :)

mattleising
mattleising

 @DonkeyHotay Misguided and violent. Sad man :( It's all good though I forgive you! You're just frustrated :)

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