Rep. Dickerson pre-files ‘legalize marijuana’ bill

Last month we wrote that 36th District Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson was planning to file a bill to legalize marijuana. Earlier today, Rep. Dickerson along with five other state representatives pre-filed HB 2401 for the 2010 Legislative session which begins on January 11th.

Next week the 36th District delegation will hold a holiday open house to talk with constituents about the upcoming session. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Reps. Mary Lou Dickerson and Reuven Carlyle invite their constituents to come ask questions and voice concerns. The open house is Tuesday, Dec. 15th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sen. Kohl-Welles’ and Rep. Carlyle’s district office on the base of Queen Anne at 3131 Western Ave, Suite 421, in the Northwest Work Lofts building. Free and pay street parking is available.

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Stupid Hippie
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Stupid Hippie

I'm so glad she's spending all this time working on the #1 problem facing America today: where's my weed, dude!

Jeff
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Jeff

I applaud your effort Mary Lou.

Thank you for your courage.

It is long past time we end the ridiculous prohibition of Cannabis.

Stupid Hippie
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Stupid Hippie

I hear when they legalize weed, all our problems will be solved.

Jeff
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Jeff

Not all of them, just the one where we arrest 800,000 Americans a year for simple possession.

kim
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kim

she lives for weed.

pattr
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pattr

Will there be munchies there?

Laura Knapp
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Laura Knapp

I'm only interested in this if they turn its manufacturing into an industry and slap a huge sin tax on it, ala cigarettes and alcohol. Otherwise, what a waste of time.

ballardbard
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ballardbard

Marijuana can be grown in all 50 states. It has 3-4 harvests per year. It can provide food, fuel, textiles and medicine. Seems like a no brainer…what's the sin???

datajunkie
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datajunkie

Of course there will be a sin tax on it comparable to cigarettes and alcohol. That's one of the main reasons it's being purposed. Dickerson estimates the revenues to be similar to alcohol. For a little more info: http://publicola.net/?p=20467

Juliana
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Juliana

It isn't just sin taxes — plain old *income* tax revenues would go up considerably if people had to report income from selling marijuana. Biggest cash crop, blah blah blah.

ballardog
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ballardog

Legalize pot then eliminate the IRS!!!

Stupid Hippie
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Stupid Hippie

Dude, that is sooooo true. I'm getting ready to convert my car to run on hemp. I tell, were gonna save the planet dooooode.

kim
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kim

and the sin tax is paying for the rehab programs for AA and health care for smokers?

great idea
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great idea

hemp (that used to make rope, textiles, etc.) is a different plant than the cannabis people smoke. the fact that hemp is illegal is beyond ridiculous.

mickey
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mickey

Washington State doesn't have an income tax…

It would be good if the sales (or “sin”) tax on pot amounted to something that could refund health care for low income people here. The Basic Health Plan is in danger of being completely abandoned by state government.

Really A Republican
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Really A Republican

I'm a Republican and let say – YEA! Smoking weed isn't constutionally prohibited and as social experiment, while not perfect, certainly has been tested on a wide scale and for a long duration and it has passed in my opinion.

Leagalization would do a lot to eliminate jail problems and include a large portion of income from the tax rolls that previously was not.

Go Girls! I hope you succeed.

Lauren
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Lauren

Actually, this could address one of the biggest problems facing America–our enormous debt.

In the US, we spend 4 billion a year prosecuting marijuana crimes (source: Washington Post). That's three times the yearly education budget of WA. And that doesn't include the cost of incarceration.

And then, of course, there's the potential tax revenue.

Why not use the money for education and healthcare, both of which are vastly underfunded in this country?

Bam. Problem solved. ;) Next week I'll be tackling world peace.

BTown
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BTown

It will never fly… but wishful thinking.

Juliana
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Juliana

Well, I was thinking nationally. Anyway, Washington SHOULD have an income tax (but that's another discussion …). Totally agree with you about Basic Health. That is/was a great program (I guess it still is, if you're not one of the bazillion who can't get in). My family was on the subsidized plan for a year or so when we first moved back to Seattle, and it sure helped our peace of mind.

Black_Sheep
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Black_Sheep

“Girls”?

joeriley
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joeriley

Go MARY LOU!!!

Tortie
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Tortie

But will it build the missing link for us?

I miss Doug. ;-)

ozlanthos
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ozlanthos

That is a common misconception. The fact is that there are strains of Marijuana that get you high, and then there are those you make rope out of. However what makes the difference between the dope we smoke and rope has more to do with cultivation techniques than the strain. If you want to smoke it, you have to get rid of your male plants. Otherwise they will pollinate your females, and you will be left with seedy, twiggy buds. If you want to make rope with it, you leave the males in so that the females reseed your field. This is why you cannot truthfully suggest that people will grow pot in hemp fields if hemp is made legal. Even George Washington knew this, and in correspondence with one of his friends, lamented the fact that he wouldn't be able to get home to cut the males out of his stash due to being in the field of battle during harvest!

-Oz

Zorg
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Zorg

The Missing Doug!

lilreek
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lilreek

I think you should legallize for my people that way it will be legal to sell weed

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