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Washington State Legalization Hearings Taking Place Now!

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director January 13, 2010

    Washington state hearings on marijuana decriminalization and legalization bills going on live now. You can view the hearing by going here.

    Vote is scheduled to take place one week from today.

    If you reside in Washington, you can write your House member in support of these measures by going here.

    You can read NORML’s testimony here.

    [UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! YOU CAN NOW WATCH THE ARCHIVED VIDEO OF THIS HISTORIC TWO-HOUR HEARING HERE. THERE IS ALSO AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE HERE, AUTHORED BY NORML BOARD MEMBER DOMINIC HOLDEN, EXPLAINING WHY COMMON SENSE MARIJUANA LAW REFORM STILL REMAINS AN UPHILL BATTLE IN WASHINGTON (AND ELSEWHERE).]

    67 Responses to “Washington State Legalization Hearings Taking Place Now!”

    1. ckdk29 says:

      WESTCOAST: Im willing to move from the midwest to help your tax burden.Its funny cause we wanna pay tax on it ,i just can not believe the other states are not doing it at the same time other states are. They must be afraid of 1.3 billion revenue…… COMMON SENSE

    2. marijuana says:

      why is it always everyone versus law enforcement?? gah…so annoying!

    3. NS says:

      How can people expect to get marijuana legalized when you’ve got people showing up to the testimony wearing a marijuana leaf stocking cap and a leather jacket. It’s fine if that’s your thing and it’s what you wear. In this case you are testifying. Dress up a little bit and do your homework so you don’t make us look like complete dumb asses.

    4. Maxine says:

      Yay! I hope all the states take to voting this quick!

    5. Justin says:

      WATCHING IT NOW!!!

    6. Kenny says:

      I am not familiar with the political climate of Washington. What is the chance of one of these bills getting passed?

      Keep up the great work! There are people wrongly behind bars RIGHT NOW who need our help!

    7. OneOfMany says:

      After watching this it looks like Washington may beat Cali to the punch. Members seem to be mostly in favor and plenty of time was giving for arguments.(Unlike Cali) So keep up the good fight. We will have our Freedom!

    8. Jordan says:

      Convincing arguments from all those that attended. My only complaint is some of those that attended didn’t dress professionally enough. If we are to be taken seriously in this legalization battle, then showing up in a hoodie or a t-shirt to government committee hearing does not reflect well regardless of how convincing your argument is. All in all good stuff.

    9. magic seaweed says:

      Well, what do you think? Do we have a win?

    10. Jay says:

      It was funny to see the opponents to these bills hashing up the same tired and dead arguments that have been disproven time and time again, many of which are simply issues that have to do with prohibition and not marijuana itself. The 9th grader who spoke did not seem to realize that regulation would make it harder for his class mates to obtain the herb. We the people are not giving up on the children, prohibition does not protect children it can actually cause more harm as the herb is not regulated and the last time I investigated the issue street dealers do not check I.D. to make sure you’re of a proper (and one day hopefully legal) age in order to buy their product. I dream for the day that I can enter a shop as a responsible adult and look on the package of marijuana and be able to read what is actually in the marijuana instead of having to trust someone that has no regulations in what can and cannot be put into my pot.

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