There’s probably enough for three different stories here, but this is just a course of a week for me in Washington.
I’m sentimental over Washington State’s medical marijuana past but am optimistic for America’s future. As we grow and become what we once were, the nation’s best place for marijuana markets and events; markets that crossed gender, race, and age boundaries. I have a glimmer of hope for the nation with each occurrence that happens here in Washington State. The most recent turn of events is a recreational shop that just opened here in Redmond, Washington the home of Microsoft and many technology-based companies, a place called Always Greener, ‘Cause the grass is Always Greener.
I have hope for our backwards regulated recreational market and gain hope for a nation because marijuana can be the healing of a nation.Washington was one of the first states to take steps to end America’s racial travesty, but recreational legalization is not what I thought it was going to be when I started as a 17-year-old freedom fighter. When Alison Holcomb wrote I502 I heard many arguments from her side defending why there were so many “regulation” factors, one was the public wouldn’t approve legal marijuana unless there are guidelines so people who abuse the law can be punished, but my question is what is abuse?
There were many against I502 (myself included) because of the structure of the law. Many argued against the five ng DUI, others it had to do with not allowing homegrows and the restrictions placed on medical, my personal beef was placing the liquor control board in charge because that worked out so well for liquor.
Our inner cities are plagued by a drug war and asshole problem, not the zombie apocalypse due to legal marijuana or Isis.
There’s Room To Grow Because I Know Where We Came From
Recent attempts for a homegrow bill have been squashed due to politics, not common sense but I keep hope knowing what medical was once in Washington State. When it comes to policy, I wish I was more involved, but it’s the bigger picture I’m chasing. Until I can act more locally, there are those involved whose opinion I do respect, and on Facebook, I asked: “What Washington Bills are we hope that pass this year?”.
The first and saddest response was from activist John Kingsbury “Homegrows are dead. 1065 reduces criminal penalties. Other than that, we are working on a letter to the Department of Justice about LCB enforcement.” This, of course, was a disheartening response but not surprising cause in Washington we don’t completely have our shit together. Though there is a glimmer of hope from lawyer and activist John Novak “HA 2021 still has a chance. It would allow producers to sell seeds and plants directly to patients and designated providers without having to be in the registry.”
Besides the two previously disgust, there are some with intentions of opening the State to out of State investors, but there are some out for the good of it citizens like HR 1060 which allows for students to medicate in school. HR 2064 is to remove industrial hemp from the uniform controlled substance act; HR 1250-2017-18 allows for retail marijuana outlets to give a free lockable drug box to adults and qualifying patients; and HR 1692, agriculture and farming bill. To find more about these bills and any further Washington legislation go to The People Of Medical Cannabis Website.
Protesting The Protest
I love the Pacific for its social justice roots, in fact, I’ve written (link here) how I feel safer here than anywhere else in The United States but sometimes we’re a little upside down. The drug war has been used to manipulate minority and lower income communities from its inception, so it is when a pot shop opens in your neighborhood one should embrace it, but the people of Seattle’s Central District, historically a predominately black neighborhood have decided to protest the Jewish white owner of Uncle Ike’s. Regardless of how one feels about the person behind the business, what the business itself represents the nail in prohibition’s coffin and one less way to manipulate minorities and people of lower income.