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Feds won't sue to stop pot sales in Co and Wa


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#1    MissMelsWell

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 05:42 AM

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite 75 years of federal marijuana prohibition, the Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it - as long as the weed is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property.

In a sweeping new policy statement prompted by pot legalization votes in Washington and Colorado last fall, the department gave the green light to states to adopt tight regulatory schemes to oversee the medical and recreational marijuana industries burgeoning across the country.


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I don't partake in any kind of cannabis use, however, I did vote for legalization in Washington State, and I like to keep a close watch as to what is developing in regards to legalization in Wa and Co. It's been pretty fascinating to see unfold! I think we're going to see more states follow suit ... sooner rather than later.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 06:01 AM

Certainly is good (and surprising) news. And I agree MMW that other states will move quickly.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 06:14 AM

I think the next to legalize, and possibly before the year is out, will be New Mexico. It's possible it could be Oregon or California, but for some reason, I think it could be NM.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 06:17 AM

It's always amazed me how the feds have no problem with gassing everyone on earth with fossil fuels, but don't want people lighting up something that might make them thankful for the earth's blessings.

I wonder, when there are several hundred million dead due to climate change, and there's no place to bury them, if they'll make fossil fuels illegal?

The stench will be so great that you'll need pot just to think straight.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 06:36 AM

Maybe this is a step towards states getting back some power?

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 07:32 AM

View PostDieChecker, on 30 August 2013 - 06:36 AM, said:

Maybe this is a step towards states getting back some power?

Possibly... It's too early to tell yet I think.

I read an interesting news story the other day though, I'll have to find it again and post it. But since the decriminalization of marijuana in Seattle back in 2002 (or rather least priority arrest and prosecution ordinances... it was never formally decriminalized in Seattle, but no cop would arrest anyone and the DA refused to prosecute possession cases under an ounce) ... the number of marijuana users has gone down since 2002, but the visibility of users has gone up. That was all rather anecdotally expected, it's just kind of interesting to see it happen for real.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 12:00 PM

After  about 70 years of fear mongering reefer madness.... i think the federal government is RE conditioning people's mindsets on  MJ ... paving the way for  INDUSTRIALIZATION and  BIG PHARMA  control  of it.  It will be instigated as  a  "PUBLIC SAFETY"  measure...  and the profit$ will be IMMENSE!

   *  there will still be a black market...   by underselling the government sanctioned stuff.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 12:05 PM

that flies in the face of SOOOO many dispensary busts by federal agents over the last few years.   it would probably be for the good if it is true, but the evidence i have seen doesn't bear it out


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Posted 30 August 2013 - 12:53 PM

In a country where adults can buy whiskey and cigarettes it seems odd that cannabis has been completely illegal. Just my opinion.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 01:48 PM

View Postcacoseraph, on 30 August 2013 - 12:05 PM, said:

that flies in the face of SOOOO many dispensary busts by federal agents over the last few years.   it would probably be for the good if it is true, but the evidence i have seen doesn't bear it out

True,  but it think the potential profits will finally win out.. and the production and sales will , eventually, become federally controlled.  Public safety will most likely be touted as the  reason for taking control of 'production'? ...  but of course the real reason will be to serve corporate interests?   i could be wrong, but i see it heading that way.

  * allowing  the whole 'medical marijuana'  thing at all ..  really surprised me,  but what better way to change public opinion?

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 01:50 PM

I am very pleasantly surprised by the actions of Obama and Holder!  :tu:


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Posted 30 August 2013 - 01:57 PM

This is good news for individual states rights.  These issues need to be decided by the states and their citizens, not by the Bully Federal Gov.  If a state wants this and their citizens say yes...that is all that should be done.  The Fed's should have no place in over ruling a states choices if their citizens have spoken.

I hope more states see this and move on it as they see fit.  Not only on the MJ issue but other things as well.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 01:59 PM

View PostLilly, on 30 August 2013 - 12:53 PM, said:

In a country where adults can buy whiskey and cigarettes it seems odd that cannabis has been completely illegal. Just my opinion.

I believe that is why so many non-pot users are voting pro-pot: the federal logic just doesn't make sense when much more harmful products are available and completely legal. In fact, the harmful effects of marijuana are miles behind it's closest comparable drug and I think that shows when you listen to the FDA talk about it's "dangers". (They just keep parroting the same tired old statements. "Gateway drug" and "mood swings")



For a good laugh this morning, here's a great recording of a 911 call made a Police Officer! Apparently he had been keeping all the marijuana he confiscated and used it to make pot brownies. Him and his wife mowed down a batch and he starts having a panic attack so he calls 911! Too funny :yes:



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 02:17 PM

View Postlightly, on 30 August 2013 - 12:00 PM, said:

After  about 70 years of fear mongering reefer madness.... i think the federal government is RE conditioning people's mindsets on  MJ ... paving the way for  INDUSTRIALIZATION and  BIG PHARMA  control  of it.  It will be instigated as  a  "PUBLIC SAFETY"  measure...  and the profit$ will be IMMENSE!

   *  there will still be a black market...   by underselling the government sanctioned stuff.

Bingo!! Good observation Lightly!! It is exactly what is happening. The $$ is just too attractive and current policy costly and ineffective. I´like the idea of individual states choosing and the FED keeping their nose out of it. However, they are going to want a piece too.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 03:14 PM

View PostDark_Grey, on 30 August 2013 - 01:59 PM, said:

For a good laugh this morning, here's a great recording of a 911 call made a Police Officer! Apparently he had been keeping all the marijuana he confiscated and used it to make pot brownies. Him and his wife mowed down a batch and he starts having a panic attack so he calls 911! Too funny :yes:



Oh my God, LMAO! :)

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