Marijuana. Pot. Weed. Medicine.
Whatever you call the plant, Washington DC considers it dangerous and illegal. Laws on the books in Congress – illegal. The executive branch – aggressive about enforcing those laws. The supreme court – in 2005 ruled against the idea of states legalizing for any purpose.
But yet, 17 states have been standing up and defying DC on this issue by legalizing marijuana for limited medicinal purposes. Massachusetts voters are set to become the 18th state as Question 3 should win by a landslide.
But, on November 6th voters in Oregon, Colorado and Washington State are all considering measures that would drive a truck through the already widening holes of DCs unconstitutional national prohibition scheme.
In Washington State, the measure is I-502. And it’s polling strongly in favor too.
If approved, Washington’s I-502 would end marijuana prohibition and treat pot in the same manner as alcohol. People would be allowed to grow, produce, sell, buy and consume the plant – in direct defiance to all three branches of the federal government.
Folks 21-and-over would be permitted to purchase cannabis at state licensed stores. All sales would be heavily taxed, but possibly still less expensive and dangerous than sneaking into a dark alley with the local drug dealer.
Support for the recreational marijuana amendment has reportedly gone mainstream in the state, and even garnered approval from two former US Attorneys and the state labor council.
The latest poll last week by Strategies 360 puts support for I-502 at a 54 to 38 percent lead. The previous poll on I-502 had shown support dipping to just around 50%, but this latest indicates that support is holding strong in the face of opposition attacks.
Bottom line? The federal government has no constitutional authority to mandate the purchase of a product. Or, ban the purchase of a product either. I-502 would be a major steps towards returning the power over agricultural regulations where it belongs – with the people of the several states.