The misinformation, half-truths, and lies put forth by I-502’s opposition abound throughout the assertions and arguments put forth as reasons for vehemently opposing the passage of I-502. One of the most insidious of these is the lie that I-502 will only make a legal exception for misdemeanor amounts of Marijuana. I-502, when it passes, will legalize amounts that currently fall into Class C Felony amounts of Marijuana under Washington state law and this will be the legalization under Washington’s Revised Code for the specified amounts of Marijuana put forth by I-502, as you will see.
Definition for legalization:
Web definitions: the act of making lawful.
The Free Dictionary
tr.v. le·gal·ized, le·gal·iz·ing, le·gal·iz·es
To make legal or lawful; authorize or sanction by law
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Law) to make lawful or legal
2. (Law) to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)
legalization , legalisation n
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Marijuana or Marihuana, Defined by Washington Statute
Chapter 69.50 RCW Uniform controlled substances act
(q) “Marijuana” or “marihuana” means all parts of the plant Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin. The term does not include the mature stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of the plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of the plant which is incapable of germination.
I-502 PART II: DEFINITIONS
(((q))) (s) “Marijuana” or “marihuana” means all parts of the plant Cannabis, whether growing or not, with a THC concentration greater than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin. The term does not include the mature stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of the plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of the plant which is incapable of germination.
LICENSING AND REGULATION OF MARIJUANA
PRODUCERS, PROCESSORS, AND RETAILERS
NEW SECTION. Sec. 15.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 15. The following acts, when performed by a validly licensed marijuana retailer or employee of a validly licensed retail outlet in compliance with rules adopted by the state liquor control board to implement and enforce this act, shall not constitute criminal or civil offenses under Washington state law:
(1) Purchase and receipt of useable marijuana or marijuana-infused products that have been properly packaged and labeled from a marijuana processor validly licensed under this act;
(2) Possession of quantities of useable marijuana or marijuana infused products that do not exceed the maximum amounts established by the state liquor control board under section 10(5)[Included Below] of this act; and
(3) Delivery, distribution, and sale, on the premises of the retail outlet, of any combination of the following amounts of useable marijuana or marijuana-infused product to any person twenty-one years of age or older:
(a) One ounce of useable marijuana;
(b) Sixteen ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form; or
(c) Seventy-two ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 10.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 10. The state liquor control board, subject to the provisions of this act, must adopt rules by December 1, 2013, that Code Rev/AI:crs 19 I-2465.1/11 establish the procedures and criteria necessary to implement the following:
NEW SECTION. Sec 10.(5) Determining the maximum quantities of useable marijuana and marijuana-infused products a marijuana retailer may have on the premises of a retail outlet at any time without violating Washington state law;
Possession of forty grams or less of marihuana — Penalty.
Except as provided in RCW 69.50.401(2)(c), any person found guilty of possession of forty grams or less of marihuana is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Prohibited acts: A — Penalties.
(1)Except as authorized by this chapter, it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver, a controlled substance.
(2) Any person who violates this section with respect to:
(c) Any other controlled substance classified in Schedule I, II, or III, is guilty of a class C felony punishable according to chapter 9A.20 RCW;
Unless specifically excepted by state or federal law or regulation or more specifically included in another schedule, the following controlled substances are listed in Schedule I:
(c) Hallucinogenic substances. Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of the following hallucinogenic substances, including their salts, isomers, and salts of isomers whenever the existence of those salts, isomers, and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation. For the purposes of this subsection only, the term “isomer” includes the optical, position, and geometric isomers:
(22) Marihuana or marijuana;
Authorized sentences for crimes committed before July 1, 1984.
(1) Felony. Every person convicted of a classified felony shall be punished as follows:
(c) For a class C felony, by imprisonment in a state correctional institution for a maximum term of not more than five years, or by a fine in an amount fixed by the court of not more than ten thousand dollars, or by both such imprisonment and fine.
Would it be Harry J. Anslinger or William Randolph Hurst who would be most proud of the I-502’s cannabis consuming opposition? Both is what I would bet on and it appears that again that the cannabis consumers in opposition to I-502 are utilizing they play books of these two men who are arguably the great-grandfathers of cannabis prohibition.
We cannot achieve our goal of cannabis legalization if cannabis consumers who oppose a particular initiative or amendment utilize the tactics of misinformation, half-truths, and lies, we can only sink our righteous cause and ourselves to the level of malevolency the drug warriors and politicians sink to maintain cannabis prohibition.
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- Is No on I-502’s “Important Resources” webpage an honest mistake or an blatant lie? (trixterphillips.wordpress.com)
- The Anti-I-502 Campaign Goes Rim Negative! (slog.thestranger.com)
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