Marijuana has no accepted medical use and is as dangerous and addictive as heroin. Well, that’s what the U.S. Controlled Substances Act under the FDA asserts. Which is really just an insult to science. Last week though, voters in Wash. and Col. proved that they believed otherwise by passing bills that will legalize recreational marijuana use. And ever since the internet and local media have been spilling out speculations good and bad, from cutting mexican cartel profits to what the new DUID policy is going to mean for smokers, medical and recreational. With the bill not even in effect yet, it has already had some interesting impact. Just this past Friday, the 9th, a King County prosecutor announced the he will dismiss 175 misdemeanor pot cases. In that same article, a Sheriff announced that deputies will no longer be arresting and charging people over the age of 21 who have an ounce of pot on them, even though the bill does not take effect until Dec. 6th. One of the biggest promises seen from this bill though is the potential tax revenue of over $500 million that can be acquired from state regulated sales.
But what about the federal law bit? It will be interesting to see how the feds react to this new bill to be passed. It’s going to be even more interesting to see what Obama has to say about the matter especially when you consider what he told Rolling Stone back in April. Or the fact that the Obama administration holds firmly to opposition on the white house website. There has also been a massive increase in raids since Obama started his Presidency, more so than when Bush was in office. Today Gov. Christine Gregoire will be meeting Deputy Attorney General, James Cole to discuss this recent passage. The point of this meeting, said the spokesperson for Gregoire, was because “We want direction from them”. Hopefully by tomorrow we will know what exactly they mean by “direction” from the feds.