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NAACP Endorses WA's Marijuana Initiative

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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: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Stillaguamish River Bridge renovation Stillaguamish River Bridge renovation
The plan to have both directions of I-5 share the northbound Stillaguamish River Bridge is on hold again due to rain that is forecast for tonight and tomorrow.


Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Last Slide Victim Located Last Slide Victim Located
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel believe they have located the body of Molly Kristine “Kris” Regelbrugge of Arlington, the last victim from the March 22 slide near Oso.


Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Pipe Bomb in Snohomish Pipe Bomb in Snohomish
Personnel with a tow truck company today found a pipe bomb and another explosive device in a car on the lot that had been impounded for evidence.


Published: Sunday, July 20, 2014
America's Poverty, do something about it America's Poverty, do something about it
I've never lived in poverty. However, like most Americans I have known a few tough times.


Published: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Shots fired in Everett Shots fired in Everett
Witnesses describe the male as a black male about 17 years-old.



Traffic Conditions Published: 2014-07-20
530 Slide is private property
Published: 2014-07-20
Webley visits Tomorrow’s Hope
Published: 2014-07-20
Blood Shortage
Published: 2014-07-20
President’s Award by Ford Motor Company
Published: 2014-07-19
State and local pension increase
Published: 2014-07-19
FEMACorps Green 5 Arrives in Washington
Published: 2014-07-18
Cause of the I-5 Skagit River Bridge Collapse

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Category: People
2013-12-28
Callie Harwood Player-of-the-Game

Callie Harwood Player-of-the-Game
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STSPN chose senior Callie Harwood as the ‘Player of the Game’ for her momentum changing 3-point shot in OT to push Snohomish ahead both mentally and in points helping the Panthers win 63-57.

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