Let’s talk about Weed for a bit

I have blogged quite a bit on cannabis and the disconnect our politicians have with legalising and control synthetic cannabis while still maintaining the ban on organic cannabis.

It is inevitable that decriminalisation at least, and probably legalisation of cannabis will happen, it is just a matter of time. As the United States starts the process the rest of the world will fall away from prohibition which has never worked anywhere in the world.

Washington has become the second US state to adopt rules for the recreational sale of marijuana, setting what advocates hope will become a template for the drug’s legalisation around the world.

”We feel very proud of what we’re doing,” said Sharon Foster, chairwoman of the Washington Liquor Control Board, as she and her two colleagues approved the rules Wednesday (NZT Thursday).

”We are making history.”

Washington and Colorado last year legalised the possession of up to an ounce (28.35 grams) of pot by adults over 21, with voters deciding to set up systems of state-licensed growers, processors and sellers.

The measures put state officials in the difficult position of crafting rules for a fledgling industry barred by federal law for more than 70 years.

The liquor board devised Washington’s rules after nearly a year of research, debate and planning, including public hearings that drew hundreds of people around the state.  

They covered everything from the security at and size of licensed marijuana gardens, to how many pot stores could open in cities across the state.

Sales were expected to begin by the middle of next year, with supporters hoping taxed cannabis might bring the state tens or hundreds of millions of dollars, with much of the revenue directed to public health and drug-abuse prevention.

”What the Liquor Control Board has done is build a template for the responsible regulation of marijuana,” said Alison Holcomb, the Seattle lawyer who drafted Washington’s marijuana initiative.

”This is a template that is going to be reviewed by other states, and already is being reviewed by other countries,” including Mexico, Uruguay and Poland.

Colorado approved its marijuana industry ruled last month, and sales were expected to start in some cities there at the beginning of 2014.

The two states’ rules were largely similar, although Colorado would allow stores to sell recreational and medical marijuana.

It is happening, and politicians are going to need to prepare for the change.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.