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Mon Jun 30, 2014, 01:30 AM

Washington D.C. set to put marijuana legalization on ballot

SHOUT OUT TO D.C.!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/odds-are-increasing-that-dc-will-vote-on-legalizing-pot-but-congress-a-wild-card/2014/06/29/96d5568c-fe13-11e3-932c-0a55b81f48ce_story.html

Sixteen years ago, D.C. activists gathered signatures to let voters decide if the District should be among the first in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Then Congress stepped in, and city officials were not even allowed to count the ballots that voters had cast.

Inside a rented house in Northwest Washington, behind a shaggy bear skin rug strung up as a makeshift curtain and amid rollaway beds set up for signature gatherers who have come from as far away as California and Colorado, there’s growing anxiety that history is about to repeat itself.

Organizers for Initiative 71, a measure that would fully legalize possession of marijuana in the District, plan to announce this week that they are closing in on 60,000 signatures — a comfortable buffer over the 22,600 needed to ensure the measure qualifies for the November ballot.

District voters support legalization by a ration of 2 to 1, polls show. The city has medical marijuana dispensaries and is taking steps to soon loosen restraints and let doctors recommend the drug for any ailment. The D.C. Council even voted in March to decriminalize possession, making it a fine of $25, instead of a year-long jail term.


This is one to watch, folks. It may well be the tipping point - combined with Oregon and Alaska.

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Reply Washington D.C. set to put marijuana legalization on ballot (Original post)
RainDog Jun 30 OP
Uncle Joe Jun 30 #1
Fearless Jun 30 #2
nomorenomore08 Jun 30 #3
RainDog Jun 30 #5
nomorenomore08 Jun 30 #8
RainDog Jun 30 #10
Enthusiast Jun 30 #12
Enthusiast Jun 30 #9
RainDog Jun 30 #11
Enthusiast Jun 30 #13
RainDog Jun 30 #14
Enthusiast Jun 30 #15
Styx Jun 30 #4
RainDog Jun 30 #7
Styx Jun 30 #16
RainDog Jun 30 #17
billh58 Jun 30 #18
RainDog Jun 30 #19
CreekDog Jun 30 #20
Hekate Jun 30 #6

Response to RainDog (Original post)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 01:38 AM

1. Kicked and recommended for the great District of Columbia.

Thanks for the thread, RainDog.

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 04:11 AM

2. Like Congress needed help doing nothing one day a week.

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 04:35 AM

3. "...city officials were not even allowed to count the ballots that voters had cast."

So much for democracy, right?

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Response to nomorenomore08 (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 05:09 AM

5. I know

It's a good thing I'm all bark and no bite because, when I read about this history, I really want to kick some teeth in. Newt Gringrich would be at the top of my list for recommending the death penalty for marijuana possession over a certain amount.

What a motherfucking asshole. But he was also lecturing Clinton about sex while his secretary was blowing his teeny weenie on her hands and knees under his desk... after she found it, I suppose... while his wife was in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy. Now he and blow jobber are married and such good, devout Catholics. LOL.

They both make my skin crawl to see their pictures.

But at least Congress kept some other cancer patient from getting marijuana if she were undergoing chemo in D.C.

It's the Republican way! fuck over the people while blowing some asshole for money.

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Response to RainDog (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 05:21 AM

8. Gingrich is one of the most all-around repulsive human beings I can think of. n/t

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Response to nomorenomore08 (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 05:25 AM

10. obviously I share the same sentiment. lol. n/t

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Response to nomorenomore08 (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 05:28 AM

12. Newt and Dinesh D'Souza are two, right off the top of my head.

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Response to RainDog (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 05:24 AM

9. +1 an entire shit load.



Newt Gringrich is such an out of touch dumb fuck that he said, "President Obama is anti-colonialism." Well duh, Newtie, so were the Founding Fathers®.

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #9)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 05:27 AM

11. He's such an out of touch dumb fuck

He thought he was talking to Callista when he said to Occupy protestors: "Go get a job after you take a bath." —Newt Gingrich.

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Response to RainDog (Reply #11)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 05:31 AM

13. Yeah. That pissed me right straight off when he said it.

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #13)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 05:34 AM

14. He's such an out of touch dumb fuck

He said: "There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate." -- Newt Gingrich, explaining in 2011 why he cheated on his first two wives. He carried on the first affair while his wife was suffering from cancer, and the second while he was orchestrating Bill Clinton's impeachment.

So, he thinks his dick is his country?

eta - obviously I have his life story wrong. he was getting a blow job from Callista while lecturing Clinton, while also humming "anything you can do I can do badder..."

(I have to delete the other thing I wrote here b/c it would surely get alerted on for vulgarity. Up the rhymes with mass with a rhymes with map phone.)

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Response to RainDog (Reply #14)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 05:50 AM

15. ...

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 05:03 AM

4. interesting to see how this shakes out.

 

Here in California, I've seen federal agencies come after our medical dispensaries hard, under both Pres. Bush and Pres. Obama. They haven't managed to curtail it much, but they have back-door taxed the Hell out of it through seizures. Apparently they object to the dispensaries paying a nice cut to the State, but not to the Fed. They want to outlaw it and tax it, both, lol.

ETA: I'm new here and not familiar with all the rules and practices yet, but shouldn't this be in the "drug policy" section? Not a criticism, is honest question to which I don't know the answer, and I'm trying to learn so I don't put a foot wrong through ignorance.

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Response to Styx (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 05:14 AM

7. General Discussion includes a lot of different topics

You'll find quite a few of them related to cannabis posted here, and not just from me.

People also post cat pictures here... so, not a lot of rules in GD unless something is part of a flame fest.

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Response to RainDog (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 08:25 AM

16. Ok.

 

Thanks for the answer. Just getting to know the place.

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Response to Styx (Reply #16)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 10:57 AM

17. I bet you are.

Your concern for the workings of this site is remarkable.

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Response to RainDog (Reply #17)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 11:51 AM

18. +100 n/t

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Response to billh58 (Reply #18)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 12:08 PM

19. LOL

Joined yesterday.

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Response to Styx (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 03:08 PM

20. why did you join as a regular member?

you should have just applied to be a manager.

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 05:12 AM

6. Kick

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