October 31, 2012
Vol: 19 No: 44

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Initiative 502

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This measure would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution and possession for persons over 21; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues.

Editorial committee members call the passage of this initiative “the first step in reducing the culture of prohibition, which could end the drug war.” Enforcement of laws against marijuana disproportionately criminalizes people of color and the poor, they noted.

“Police need to spend more time on other things,” one person said, and added that the upside is a potential for revenue generation: “Make it legal, and tax the hell out of it.”

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