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    (Reuters) - Supporters of legalizing marijuana for recreational use have submitted enough signatures to put the matter to voters in Washington state in a bold move that, if successful, could put Olympia on a collision course with the federal government.

    The group New Approach Washington submitted nearly 278,000 valid signatures for the measure, more than required to put it on the November ballot, David Ammons, a spokesman for the Washington Secretary of State's office, said in a statement.

    The move comes as federal prosecutors have sought to crank up pressure on several mostly western states, including Washington, that have legalized medical marijuana even as cannibis remains classified as an illegal narcotic under federal law.

    The proposal, if approved by voters, would allow marijuana sales to people 21 and older, permit state taxes to be collected on the drug, ban pot advertising and prohibit driving under the influence of cannabis.

    Supporters of legalizing marijuana, who include acting Seattle city attorney Peter Holmes, say the federal prohibition on the drug has not curbed use and that it enriches drug cartels.

    "This is the grown-up approach to regulating a relatively harmless drug," Holmes said.

    I dont think the voters will aprove it( I live near the Capital) it seems that the pot community perfers the black market aproach instead of regulation by the state. But you never know...
    I fear not terrorist, I fear the loss of liberty.

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    Poll shows Washington voters split on legalizing marijuana

    A new Elway Research poll released Wednesday shows the softest support yet for Initiative 502, which would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana sales, with 48 percent in favor and 45 percent opposed.

    I fear not terrorist, I fear the loss of liberty.

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    Granny says, "Dat's right - California Drivers Prefer Pot Over Booze...

    California Drivers are Twice as Likely to be High Than Drunk
    Nov 21, 2012 - Study finds drivers twice as likely to have drugs than alcohol in system
    Drunk drivers are not the biggest problem on California's roads according to a new survey from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Out of 1,300 drivers who were tested in nine cities on Friday and Saturday nights, 14 percent were found to have drugs in their system, while only 7.3 percent were found with alcohol. Marijuana was slightly more prevalent than alcohol, found in 7.4 percent of drivers.

    The official line from the director of the Office of Traffic Safety is that the "results reinforce our belief that driving after consuming potentially impairing drugs is a serious and growing problem." A press release explains that drugged driving goes less frequently noticed and it's pricey to test for toxicology. But, at least in the case of marijuana, which is now legalized in some states, there have been questions as to just how dangerous driving stoned is.

    Maia Szalavitz at Time writes that "Research suggests that stoned users on the road are not as impaired as those who drink alcohol are, and there is some evidence that those who use marijuana, particularly for medical purposes, may be staying off the roads anyway." In summer 2011 the addiction and recovery website the Fix looked at the challenges involved in determining just how much marijuana makes a person impaired.

    Though Szalavitz explained that the drivers who participated were not threatened with legal action, she also points out that the new research "likely under-represents the real rate of potentially performance-impairing drug use by drivers" people who are aware of their state of intoxication probably aren't going to pull over.


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    Quote Originally Posted by waltky View Post
    Granny says, "Dat's right - California Drivers Prefer Pot Over Booze...

    California Drivers are Twice as Likely to be High Than Drunk
    Nov 21, 2012 - Study finds drivers twice as likely to have drugs than alcohol in system

    that explains the smog lol.

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    America once sang `bout flyin' lizzerds inna air in one o' dey's songs...

    Hickenlooper to create task force on Colorado marijuana legalization
    11/28/2012 - Gov. John Hickenlooper will create a task force to deal with the fallout from the state's legalization of marijuana use, possession and sales.
    Eric Brown, the governor's spokesman, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that the yet-to-be-formed task force will work "to identify the policy, legal and procedural issues that need to be resolved related to Amendment 64." "The task force will be charged with offering suggestions for legislative and executive actions that need to be taken for the effective and efficient implementation of the amendment," Brown said.

    The task force is to include state officials, lawmakers, marijuana advocates and other "stakeholders" likely a reference to law-enforcement, drug-treatment and community representatives. More details on the task force will be announced soon, Brown said.

    The task force will need to get down to business quickly so the state can meet the deadlines set out in Amendment 64, which legalizes use and possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for those 21 and older. It also allows for commercial marijuana sales through specially licensed stores, and the state Department of Revenue must have rules for those stores in place by July 1 and begin issuing licenses for them Jan. 1, 2014.

    That means lawmakers will have only one legislative session the one beginning in early January to write laws governing the new stores. And Revenue Department officials will have to hold a hearing on proposed rules for the stores sometime in the spring.

    Read more: Hickenlooper to create task force on Colorado marijuana legalization - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/marij...#ixzz2DZhdgX5r
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    Deputies find alligators guarding marijuana plants after responding to shooting
    November 28, 2012 Thurston County Sheriff's deputies found two 5-foot alligators at a marijuana grow site where a man was shot on Monday evening.
    Lieutenant Greg Elwin says deputies responded to the scene in the Scott Lake area south of Olympia when a man called 911 to say he had shot another man.

    The shooter told investigators that he fired in self defense, but investigators say they believe he actually shot the other man during a drug buy. The 30-year-old man who was shot was taken to a local hospital and was expected to recover.

    The 41-year-old alleged gunman was booked into jail for investigation of attempted murder.

    Elwin says the alligators found by deputies were likely being used to protect the drugs. The sheriff's office is working with county Animal Services to determine what will happen to the alligators.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/28...#ixzz2DZi9Sl5D

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