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NAACP Endorses WA's Marijuana Initiative

Harvey Field
Published:2012-08-27 State
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NAACP Endorses WA's Marijuana Initiative

The NAACP Alaska, Oregon and Washington State-Area Conference announced its endorsement of Initiative 502, a measure that would allow adults 21 and over to purchase and possess limited amounts of marijuana. I-502 will appear on the November 6 general election ballot.

“Treating marijuana use as a crime has not only failed, it has perpetuated racial inequities through unequal enforcement,” said NAACP AOWS-AC president Oscar Eason, Jr. “African Americans are no more likely than whites to use marijuana, but we are much more likely to be arrested for it.”

Under I-502, adults 21 and over would be able to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. Private Washington businesses would be licensed to grow, process, and sell marijuana. A new per se DUI limit for marijuana’s psychoactive component, THC, would operate like the state’s per se limit for alcohol. Advertising and marijuana store locations would be restricted, and public display would be prohibited. The state would have until December 1, 2013, to develop rules for security, quality control, and other matters relating to public health and safety before licenses would be issued.

“Our youth are not protected when their families are broken apart and their parents are saddled with criminal records that raise barriers to employment,” Eason added. “Entry into the criminal justice system is a gateway to poverty. This is not an appropriate response to a public health issue.”

The Washington State Office of Financial Management estimates I-502 could generate $1.9 billion in new tax revenue for the state. The state Department of Health will receive funding for a comprehensive marijuana education and public health program modeled on its successful Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. Funding dedicated to the Basic Health Plan and community health centers could expand access to services to as many as 683,000 patients.




Published: Monday, June 29, 2015
Sheriff’s Office Recovers Swimmer’s Body from Snohomish River Sheriff’s Office Recovers Swimmer’s Body from Snohomish River
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a missing swimmer near Thomas Eddy on the Snohomish River at about 4 pm today.


Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Marine Services Unit prepare for Operation Dry Water Marine Services Unit prepare for Operation Dry Water
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Marine Services Unit is preparing for the nationwide Operation Dry Water weekend June 26-28.


Published: Monday, June 22, 2015
Tip Leads to Stolen Appliances Tip Leads to Stolen Appliances
A tip to 911 about a suspicious yard sale last weekend led to the recovery of more than a dozen appliances believed to have been stolen from construction sites.


Published: Sunday, June 21, 2015
Guns in Church Guns in Church
A faith group in our town recently held a worship event with about 350 plus people in attendance.


Published: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Volunteers and Toiletries Needed for Project Homeless Volunteers and Toiletries Needed for Project Homeless
More than 1,300 individuals of all ages and families experiencing homelessness are expected to attend this year’s Project Homeless Connect event



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