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Colorado and Washington Legalize Marijuana

By Felix Kay | 7:38 am PST, Wed November 7, 2012 | Speak Up

Last night was an epic event, Obama was re-elected, and two states passed marijuana legalization.  During the summer we announced Washington’s I-502 campaign to legalize marijuana. That fact is now a reality as yesterday night Washington and Colorado voters hit the polls and voted yes on I-502 (Washington) and Amendment 64 (Colorado).

I-502 will allow those at least 21 years old to buy as much as one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana from a licensed retailer. Colorado’s measure (Amendment 64) allows possession of an ounce, and permits growing as many as six plants in private, secure areas.

“I’m going to go ahead and give my victory speech right now. After this I can go sit down and stop shaking,” said Alison Holcomb, I-502’s campaign manager and primary architect.

“Today the state of Washington looked at 75 years of national marijuana prohibition and said it is time for a new approach,” she said.

As of December 6th, not only will it be legal for adults 21 and over to possess an ounce of marijuana, but a new “drugged driving” law for marijuana impairment will also kick in.

Unlike the United States, legalizing marijuana in Canada is not up to the individual provinces but our federal government. However, now that these laws passed it would be interesting to see the outcome and impact it may have on British Columbia.

Do you think this will have any effect on our province? Should this be something the Canadian government should look into? What do you think?

Felix Kay,
Chill with Felix on Twitter: @TheFelixKay

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  • Jill

    I wonder how many teens from BC will travel to Seattle to buy and smoke weed. I also wonder how many of them will try to sneak the “legally” purchased weed back home with them.

  • gregeh

    “Unlike the United States, legalizing marijuana in Canada is not up to the individual provinces but our federal government.”

    Well not quite, states do have different rights than provinces, but it’s still a federal law for them too, this is why the US DEA has raided medical marijuana dispensaries and patients even when they’re in compliance with state law. It will be a major test for Obama whether he choose to recognize the choice of these states, or will continue persecuting harmless pot users and sellers.

    It’s worth linking to SENSIBLE BC http://www.sensiblebc.ca/, a campaign to get marijuana decriminalization as a referendum question in BC for 2014.

  • gregeh

    This would be a waste of their time, as legal WA pot retailers won’t sell to minors, and given how easy it still is to get up here, why waste the gas and risk getting busted at the border?

    But thanks anyway for the fear mongering.

  • BC Cancer Patient

     Umm…none. If they travel to Seattle to smoke weed they obviously know how to get it in the city and avoid border patrol of all people. Also, ours will still be better quality. There is more of a chance of people trying to sell BC weed to them because it is economical. Regulation is a great way to get all the thousands of marijuana trade workers documented for tax purposes. BC needs to act soon or we will be left behind with the great jobs we could have had. This plant can benefit millions medically if they choose to use it. Doctors already know what this plant can do.

  • Peoplemakemelaugh

    @Jill That was the most rediculously ignorant comment possible. We are all now dumber for having read it. May god have mercy on your soul.

  • http://twitter.com/1darkeclipse darkeclipse

    people who smoke pot are criminals. legalizing it would be a freaking mistake,

  • Bigl

    that’s what they said about beer drinkers back in the 30’s in America…get with the times, expand your mind, you are controlled.

  • Skeptic

     None, because they can buy it in their schoolyard, silly. Prohibition has been a great crime encouraging system. All those shootings in Vancouver, mainly in Surrey, are linked to this prohibition, just in case you haven’t been reading your newspaper!

  • SP

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  • http://twitter.com/OlympicOrange johnvanrij

    While you are bashing each other about where you can buy pot, or not, can I point out that this article is ill prepared and not very informative.

    It doesn’t really matter when WA thinks they will legalize ownership of marijuana, it remains a federal offense. It is possible that this is not going to happen until the feds give their consent and that is a larger hurdle than anyone thinks. If anything, look at what happened in California and Montana, and that was only for medical use. The D.E.A. has the power to enforce the law and clean up pot distributors etc. In addition, distribution has to be legalized by the state, which means that it has to come up with tax codes etc. Not something that normally happens within 4 weeks.

    Just yelling that you can get stoned in Seattle soon should be left to your Facebook page. There is more to it and this article should really state that. Your audience expects better!

  • Legalize

     Who cares, the point is that it’s legal, message received.

  • awpi

    looooooool

  • Yomansg

    To people who say the war on drugs has failed because there are people who secretly smoke pot and therefore the laws are useless: People also kill/rape/steal…Does that mean we don’t need any laws because they fail to prevent people from doing illegal things 100% of the time? legalizing pot would mean even more impaired drivers on the highways and roads that me, you and our families drive on. All this talk about legalizing pot = pot talk. + marijuana HAS killed people. if you smoke marijuana and get a heart attack , cause of death will be heart attack. if you drink too much and die, cause of death will be alcohol poisoning. They kill in different ways. 

  • asjd

    “To people who say the war on drugs has failed because there are people who secretly smoke pot and therefore the laws are useless: People also kill/rape/steal…Does that mean we don’t need any laws because they fail to prevent people from doing illegal things 100% of the time? legalizing pot would mean even more impaired drivers on the highways and roads that me, you and our families drive on. All this talk about legalizing pot = pot talk. + marijuana HAS killed people. if you smoke marijuana and get a heart attack , cause of death will be heart attack. if you drink too much and die, cause of death will be alcohol poisoning. They kill in different ways.”
    1) Retired police chiefs, leaders of the D.E.A, former & current politicians have all said the war on drugs has failed. Even the current Governor of N.J Chris Christie has said it has failed. The only people who says it hasn’t failed are dummies like you who know nothing, and drug dealers.  Locking up people for simple possession of marijuana or any other drug and treating them like criminals is stupid, and anybody who thinks drug addiction is a criminal issue rather than a public health issue is stupid as well. How would you feel if you got a criminal record for drinking, or smoking? A-hole. 

    2)Comparing marijuana users to people who rape, kill, and steal? LOL. Maybe the drug dealers who sell it but not the users….Dummy. 

    3) People also drive around drunk and driving high is much safer then drinking and driving. 

    4) Marijuana hasn’t killed anybody, and thats a fact. But alcohol, tabaco and prescription medicines kill millions every year. Actually I was wrong marijuana has killed people… Only because you can make a lot of money from selling it since prices are inflated because drugs are illegal which creates a black market and puts lots of money for the wrong people and well you know what those kinds of people will do for that type of money…Living in BC you should know that but of course you are an arrogant prick. 

    LEGALIZE IT AND STOP GANG VIOLENCE. SIMPLE SOLUTION. WE NEED STOP MAKING THESE CRIMINALS RICH IF WE LEGALIZE IT THEY WILL HAVE LESS MONEY TO BUY WEAPONS AND IT WILL SHRINK THE SIZE OF THE OTHER BLACK MARKETS OF DRUGS. WE NEED MORE KIDS ON MARIJUANA AND LESS ON COCAINE AND HEROIN LOL 

  • basedgod

    1) Retired police chiefs, leaders of the D.E.A, former & current politicians have all said the war on drugs has failed. Even the current Governor of N.J Chris Christie has said it has failed. The only people who says it hasn’t failed are dummies like you who know nothing, and drug dealers.  Locking up people for simple possession of marijuana or any other drug and treating them like criminals is stupid, and anybody who thinks drug addiction is a criminal issue rather than a public health issue is stupid as well. How would you feel if you got a criminal record for drinking, or smoking? A-hole. 2)Comparing marijuana users to people who rape, kill, and steal? LOL. Maybe the drug dealers who sell it but not the users….Dummy. 3) People also drive around drunk and driving high is much safer then drinking and driving. 4) Marijuana hasn’t killed anybody, and thats a fact. But alcohol, tabaco and prescription medicines kill millions every year. Actually I was wrong marijuana has killed people… Only because you can make a lot of money from selling it since prices are inflated because drugs are illegal which creates a black market and puts lots of money for the wrong people and well you know what those kinds of people will do for that type of money…Living in BC you should know that but of course you are an arrogant prick. LEGALIZE IT AND STOP GANG VIOLENCE. SIMPLE SOLUTION. WE NEED STOP MAKING THESE CRIMINALS RICH IF WE LEGALIZE IT THEY WILL HAVE LESS MONEY TO BUY WEAPONS AND IT WILL SHRINK THE SIZE OF THE OTHER BLACK MARKETS OF DRUGS. WE NEED MORE KIDS ON MARIJUANA AND LESS ON COCAINE AND HEROIN LOL 1) Retired police chiefs, leaders of the D.E.A, former & current politicians have all said the war on drugs has failed. Even the current Governor of N.J Chris Christie has said it has failed. The only people who says it hasn’t failed are dummies like you who know nothing, and drug dealers.  Locking up people for simple possession of marijuana or any other drug and treating them like criminals is stupid, and anybody who thinks drug addiction is a criminal issue rather than a public health issue is stupid as well. How would you feel if you got a criminal record for drinking, or smoking? A-hole. 
    2)Comparing marijuana users to people who rape, kill, and steal? LOL. Maybe the drug dealers who sell it but not the users….Dummy. 
    3) People also drive around drunk and driving high is much safer then drinking and driving. 
    4) Marijuana hasn’t killed anybody, and thats a fact. But alcohol, tabaco and prescription medicines kill millions every year. Actually I was wrong marijuana has killed people… Only because you can make a lot of money from selling it since prices are inflated because drugs are illegal which creates a black market and puts lots of money for the wrong people and well you know what those kinds of people will do for that type of money…Living in BC you should know that but of course you are an arrogant prick. 
    LEGALIZE IT AND STOP GANG VIOLENCE. SIMPLE SOLUTION. WE NEED STOP MAKING THESE CRIMINALS RICH IF WE LEGALIZE IT THEY WILL HAVE LESS MONEY TO BUY WEAPONS AND IT WILL SHRINK THE SIZE OF THE OTHER BLACK MARKETS OF DRUGS. WE NEED MORE KIDS ON MARIJUANA AND LESS ON COCAINE AND HEROIN LOL 

  • http://www.twitter.com/604YVR 604YVR

    You need to chill and have a smoke!

    Puff, puff, pass!

  • http://twitter.com/1darkeclipse darkeclipse

    I don’t  smoke so shut up.

  • http://www.twitter.com/604YVR 604YVR

    Point made! Sticky icky!

  • Yomansg

    wow did your mother forget to teach you some manners? dummie this, dummie that. I dont agree with anything you’ve written but thats okay. we all have opinions. #1 simple possessions of marijuana and drug dealers are two seperate things , thats why drug dealers go to jail and people with small amounts of pot dont. #2 i wasnt comparing pot heads with rapist, I was making a bigger point(read again). #3 i know people drive drunk…what does that have to do with anything?/ impairment is impairment. do you not agree? its not safe going through a school zone impaired. #4 again marijuana does kill, I described it pretty good actually, alcohol is poison and almost always kills due to poisoning the body, marijuana doesnt kill by itself, thats why you hear the “weed has killed 0 people” crap.

  • http://twitter.com/1darkeclipse darkeclipse

      Legalizing it will not stop  gang violence.

  • basedgod

    It will lessen it though. The less money gangs have to buy cocaine from across the border the less profit they will make. Remember Marijuana is an estimated 8 billion dollar industry in BC alone (its really probably double that) and thats only because they can sell it for double sometimes what they would get by shipping it across the border. 

  • basedgod

    Fact: Marijuana is easier for an underage kid to get then it is for them to get alcohol and thats only because its not regulated like alcohol a dealer faces no consequences if he sells to a minor. You have no idea of the consequences of prohibition and what it has done. Keeping it illegal is dumb, and so are you. Keeping it illegal has created a huge black market that nets over 8 billion alone in BC and all of that money gets into the wrong hands. Marijuana is not a poison you have zero knowledge of the medicinal purposes of it if you think that. You can no longer deny it has medicinal purposes that is proven by science. You are misinformed and misguided. 

  • guest

    This is the most en-educated comment I have ever read. Take a step back and read what you have just written. Have you ever used a pain killer? Advil? Tylenol? Or even better, alcohol? Have you ever used any sort of prescription or over the counter drug?

  • Tgdf

    Yes, This poster is not using logic. I am ashamed of him. Start doing your research sir.

  • http://twitter.com/1darkeclipse darkeclipse

    lmao!   over the counter drugs are legal and  WEED IS NOT

    what the hell are you trying to say?