The man in the Big House is rolling high today. Obama gets re-elected while Washington and Colorado voters came to their senses and outright legalized the recreational use of pot, weed…MARIJUANA; Demonstrating that these two states are populated by my type of freethinking stoners, willing to flip the bird to ignorance and intolerance.
The freethinking residence of Washington State will be allowed to stroll into their favorite licensed pot retailer and purchase up to an ounce of marijuana, at least for those 21 years or older. While the lucky residents of Colorado’s will be allowed to possess up to one ounce, in addition Colorado residents will be allowed to cultivate up to six marijuana plants in a private and secured area on their property. Thanks to an ‘eastern bloc’ of high desert redneck voters, Oregon failed miserably in passing their recreational marijuana issue.
Colorado’s Gov. noted “The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will,” going on to state. “This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Scubby Snacks just yet.
The continually growing support for recreational marijuana use has been built on the back of the medicinal marijuana movement, which currently exists in approximately 1/3rd of the U.S. states. The lack luster attempts of the past, at providing a political vehicle to legalize weed, via ballot measures failed miserably in CA, Alaska, OR, CO.
Despite this landmark passing of amendment 64, a not too happy mouthpiece for the U.S. Attorney’s Office stationed in Colorado – noted that our current federal law has in no way been changed by this vote.
While things went as smooth as could be expected for Washington, Colorado (sorry Oregon) they were but six states struggling with marijuana issues on their ballots. In Mitt Romney’s home state of Massachusetts, the forward thinking residents gave a big ‘thumbs up’ to their measure, which will allow for the medical use pot. Unfortunately for Arkansas pro-pot voters, as they rejected implementing such a common sense proposal. As most already know – Medical Marijuana is currently legal in 17 states throughout the country, including the District of Columbia. Meanwhile up in the frozen state of Montana, a ballot initiative to limit the use of medicinal weed was ahead, 57 % to 43 %, with 65% of the electorate in.
“It’s very monumental,” said the director of NORML. “No state has ever done this. Technically, marijuana isn’t even legal in Amsterdam.” This historic nod to the recreational use of pot is a quantum leap forward, taking us well beyond its medicinal acceptance.
“Despite state laws to the contrary, there is no such thing as ‘medical’ marijuana under federal law,” according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Meanwhile, for the residents of Washington state, marijuana’s legalization and new rules that accompany it will take effect Dec. 6. In preparation for marijuana sales the state liquor control board must adopt rules by Dec. 1, 2013 for licensing producers, processors and retailers.
The state of Washington has their fingers crossed, hoping that the passage of I 502 might generate as much as $1.9 billion in revenue over the next five years, this projection was provided by the state’s Office of Financial Management.