Russell (zimzat) wrote,

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Voting Complete, & some thoughts on Marijuana Legalization

Today I sat down at the kitchen table and took the time to review the official voting pamphlets sent out by the county and state (very much appreciated, by the way!). I reviewed the proposals, candidates, counter-arguments, and even a few websites in order to make my choices. There were a few where I didn't choose because the options seemed fairly equal (equally good or equally bad) or I didn't understand the issue enough to make an informed decision. I even voted for a few Republican candidates that had a better standing than the Democrat one. For most candidates running unopposed I didn't bother casting a vote as it's not like I had much of a choice.

There was one candidate for judge whose personal statement largely consisted of 'my fellow judges love me, I've been doing this for 8 years, I've been a judge for 16, I've been doing law enforcement for 30 years, I've got lots of experience, trust me.' No statement on issues, almost no endorsements, etc. ... I voted against him.

I would like to make a few remarks regarding proposal 502. Some people have correctly noted that even if Washington makes marijuana legal the federal law would still overrule it. That's true, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't still voice our opinion on the matter. I'm almost certain that if the measure doesn't pass then opponents of legalization will use it as justification that no one wants it legalized. Secondly, it may get overturned against the federal law but it's a foot in the door of making it a national issue and, in due time, potentially overturning the federal law. I feel sorry for anyone who gets arrested over this issue, but they're going to be a martyr for the cause so I'll still applaud them for their conviction. Lastly, I disagree with the heavy taxes being included as part of the proposal. 25% tax is applied at each stage between growth, processing, and retail sell. According to the official voting pamphlet they're estimating it costing 12$ per gram and also estimate an average use being 2 grams, so that's 24$ for a single high. That seems kind of high; even that cost is closer to a case or two of beer. But then I have no idea what the street price of this stuff is or how much people are actually using so I don't have anything to compare it against.
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