Saturday, January 9, 2010

Washington State moves closer to Decriminalization of Marijuana to Save $

With Washington State facing the budget crisis, one proposal is an interesting money saving device: decriminalizing 40 grams or less of marijuana. Here is the news of the week in Olympia:

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Washington State Update. : [UPDATE!!! Members of the House Committee on Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness will hear testimony in favor of both marijuana legalization and decriminalization bills on Wednesday, January 13, at 1:30pm. Please see NORML's 'Current Action Alerts page here for more info.] Legislators have pre-filed House Bill 2401, which seeks to “remove all existing civil and criminal penalties for adults 21 years of age or older who cultivate, possess, transport, sell, or use marijuana.” You can read the full text of the proposal here.

The Washington State Bar Association, the body of 33,000 attorneys licensed in the state, endorsed a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would reduce the penalty for marijuana possession—currently up to a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail—to a $100 infraction. The WSBA's board of governors passed the resolution Saturday morning with nine in favor, two abstaining, and none opposed. Full article here

The ACLU of Washington has more information here.

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