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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Seattle to legalize marijuana in 2011?

The Stranger: Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson Is “Dead Serious” About Legalizing Pot Next Year 

But State Representative Mary Lou Dickerson (D-36, Queen Anne and Ballard) wants to go all the way—RIGHT NOW.

According to a bill she intends to pre-file this month for the 2011 legislative session, “We would legalize it, regulate it, and tax it,” she says. “I am serious. We have been wasting scores of millions of dollars on arresting and jailing people who have done nothing more than smoke marijuana recreationally. That has ended up harming people and costing taxpayers tremendously. So it’s a very high cost to individuals and to taxpayers—it’s a wrongheaded policy that simply needs to be changed. People need to stick their neck out and say enough already and people are starting to do that. You will see that we will have a very good sponsor [for a companion bill to legalize marijuana] in the senate, someone who is very well respected. I am dead serious about this."
And she expects the bill will become law. We need some leadership at the MA State House like this.



  1. Leonard Krivitsky, MDDecember 11, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    When Nixon blatantly disregarded findings of the Shafer Commission which recommended immediate decriminalization of Marijuana, he said to his then-Chief of Staff that "Everyone of the bastards advocating for marijuana legalization is Jewish". So, here we go: the whole "illegality" of marijuana was imposed on the American people basically by two racist, anti-scientific individuals - Harry Anslinger and Richard Nixon. So, now when our government is telling us that we should just "accept" Cannabis illegality, I say, "You've got to be kidding"!

  2. I'm surprised nobody called me out on my headline! Haha. It should say Washington State to legalize marijuana in 2011! Haha. To much DJ Slim smokey yesterday. Seattle isn't the capital city of Washington State. Olympia is. Which I know because I've been there. Haha.

  3. May I ask you all to please consider the following very carefully: It wasn't alcohol that caused the surge in crime and homicide during alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, it was the prohibition of alcohol. That's why many of us find it hard to believe that the same thing is not happening now. We clearly have a prohibition fueled violent crime problem. A huge number of these violent crimes are perpetrated by criminal syndicates and gangs who use the proceeds from the sales of illegal substances to further even more of their criminal activities.

    The second biggest business during prohibition in Detroit was liquor at $215 million a year and employing about 50,000 people. Authorities were not only helpless to stop it, many were part of the problem. During one raid the state police arrested Detroit Mayor John Smith, Michigan Congressman Robert Clancy and Sheriff Edward Stein.

    The Mexican cartels are ready to show, that when it comes to business, they also like to be nonpartisan. They will buy-out or threaten politicians of any party, make deals with whoever can benefit them, and kill those who are brave or foolish enough to get in their way.

    If you support prohibition then you're either a black market profiteer, a terrorist, a corrupt politician, a sadomoralist, a wing-nut socialist, fake-conservative or a prohibitionist excrementalist.

    If you support prohibition then you've helped trigger the worst crime wave in history, raising gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging.

    If you support prohibition you've a helped create a black market with massive incentives to hook both adults and children alike.

    If you support prohibition you've helped to make these dangerous substances available in schools and prisons.

    If you support prohibition you've helped put previously unknown and contaminated drugs on the streets.

    If you support prohibition you've helped to escalate Murder, Theft, Muggings and Burglaries.

    If you support prohibition you've helped to divert scarce law-enforcement resources away from protecting your fellow citizens from the ever escalating violence against their person or property.

    If you support prohibition you've helped to prevent the sick and dying from obtaining safe and effective medication.

    If you support prohibition you've helped remove many important civil liberties from those citizens you falsely claim to represent.

    If you support prohibition you've helped create the prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords.

    If you support prohibition you've helped escalate the number of people on welfare who can't find employment due to their felony status.

    If you support prohibition you're responsible for the horrific racial disparities which have breed generations of incarcerated and disenfranchised Afro Americans.

    If you support prohibition you've helped evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, controlling vast swaths of territory with significant social and military resources at their disposal.

    If you support prohibition you're promoting a policy which kills our children, endangers our troops, counteracts our foreign policy and reduces much of the developing world to anarchy.

    If you support prohibition then you are guilty of turning the federal, state and local governments into a gargantuan organized crime syndicate, interested only in protecting it's own corrupt interests. -- The very acts for which we initially created governments to protect us from, have become institutionalized. Thanks to prohibition, government now provides 'services' at the barrel of a gun.

    Neurotics build castles in the sky, psychotics live in them; the concept of a "Drug-Free Society" is a neurotic fantasy and Prohibition's ills are a product of this psychotic delusion.

  4. why is it that a 3 year old can walk in and buy the most deadly drug known to man (Aspirin) a unregulated drug at that, by we as human beings can not find in our hearts to legalize the only drug looked down upon that hasn't killed a person in the last 4000 years of human existence

  5. This is a response to the outer Anon.
    Well aspirin kills 500 pr year
    And marijuana has not killed any one in 5000 not 4000 years of documented history.
    PS you can overdose on vitamins that's some thing you can't do on marijuana, so to some extent at least marijuana is safer then vitamins :P
    Marijuana makes tumor cells eat them self and give people on average a 30-40% increase in brain cell growth it is also as addictive as coffee not alcohol ;)
    Don't take my word for it use Google ;)

  6. Please for your own and GOD's sake take this seriously.Do you want a corrupt government running your life. WAKE UP!

  7. malcome kyle that was an awesome post!

    I might add that Szasz says - when you pray to god you are being neurotic and when you hear him talk back you are psychotic


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