Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Initiative 502: Legalizing marijuana in Washington state
Too flawed to fix
Anthony Martinelli's op-ed against I-502 is shortsighted and a masterpiece in contradiction [“I-502 good message, but bad policy,” Opinion, Oct. 30].
Citing that I-502 “does not remove a single criminal penalty,” he contradicts himself a sentence later by saying that it allows for a “legal exception of one ounce.” With the average user consuming around 2 grams a day, this is more than sufficient.
Also, saying that it will conflict with our Federal Controlled Substance Act is weak at best. This is how all movements are started and seems to be working just fine for gay marriage. He then contradicts himself again by saying that it “forces individuals to the black market… to purchase their legal ounce,” when he just stated that I-502 provides for up to one ounce legally.
Yes, it may take a few years to iron out the difficulties, but it's worth it to bring in much needed tax revenue, stop racial profiling and stop the drug cartels’ blood war.
–Pete Dempcy, Seattle