The passage of I-502 will help remove the dark veil from Cannabis. Allowing recreational use of Cannabis for Washington and Colorado adult residences is a huge step forward, both economically and for the cause of social freedoms everywhere.
But, the recreational use of cannabis is a small percentage of the value of cannabis. Seems odd that one can consume Cannabis as a euphoric, but not allowed to grow the plant for the more valuable industrial purposes.
But, things are about to change. Monday I will be contacting policy analysts in Olympia to hammer out details of a bill going before the WA. State Legislators, studying the viability of allowing farmers to create the hemp industry from the ground up.
I am excited to have the opportunity to share my twenty plus years of knowledge of Cannabis for industrial uses with policy writers. Before this is a done deal, we will need to rally support amongst the majority of legislators. Please, if your a voter in WA. State, please contacted your Senators, and Representatives and have them help move this pending bill forward.
Apr 15, 2011
President Barack Obama
The White House, 1st Floor, West Wing
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama,
In the summer of 2007, during your campaign for the presidency, you
said you would respect state medical marijuana laws if you were
victorious in the election. In March of 2009, Attorney General Eric
Holder said that your position as president was what you said it was
going to be during the campaign. In October 2009, your Department of
Justice issued a memo to U.S. Attorneys clarifying this position. The
following was the key sentence in that memo:
“As a general matter, pursuit of these priorities should not focus
federal resources in your States on individuals whose actions are in
clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for
the medical use of marijuana.”
This memo was clearly intended to cover not only medical marijuana
patients, but also the dispensaries that had been established in
California and elsewhere to provide patients with a reliable source for
their medicine. There would be no reason to issue a memo instructing
U.S. Attorneys to de-prioritize medical marijuana possession cases, as
everyone knows that federal prosecutors rarely, if ever, prosecute
individuals for small amounts of marijuana.
Despite this memo — or perhaps in direct defiance of it — we now have
two U.S. Attorneys in Washington state sabotaging the prospects of a
bill to regulate the distribution of medical marijuana by implying to
the governor that they are likely to go after any and all instances of
marijuana distribution. They are even suggesting that they could
prosecute state employees — a position directly undermined by past
federal court precedent! This is extremely disturbing on many levels.
Based directly on their threats, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is
now saying she will veto this sensible and needed legislation if it
reaches her desk. Your people, who have been advised to respect state
medical marijuana laws, may be directly responsible for an effective
law to regulate the system not going into effect.
What is truly pathetic is that the U.S. Attorneys don’t even appreciate
the irony of their position. They complain that the “Washington
legislative proposals will create a licensing scheme” for
marijuana distribution, which would “undermine the federal
government’s efforts to regulate” the production and distribution
of marijuana. No, the truth is that the Washington legislation is
specifically intended to regulate the distribution of marijuana; the
U.S. Attorneys, on the other hand, want to keep the distribution of
medical marijuana entirely unregulated and controlled by the black
So what are you going to do, Mr. Obama? Are you going to let these U.S.
Attorneys defy your stated policy in order to force medical marijuana
patients into the criminal market? Or are you going to tell them to
respect state laws — and the state legislative process — so that
states can regulate the distribution of medical marijuana in the manner
they feel is best for patients and for their states?
I will be waiting for an answer.
Mr. Ed Saukkooja
This is the official web-site promoting Washington State Initiative Petition I-1068.
Initiative 1068 supporters need 241,000 verifiable registered voter signatures by July 2, 2010. If successful, the voters of Washington State will have the opportunity to decide with their vote to stop the madness of prosecuting the current cannabis laws.
Initiative I-1068 would remove State civil and criminal penalties for persons eighteen years or older who cultivate, possess, transport, sell, or use cannabis products. Restrictions and penalties for persons under eighteen would remain the same.
I encourage all concerned to visit http://www.sensiblewashington and register to help gather signatures or find where, in your locality you can sign the petition re-legalizing cannabis in Washington State. Many counties still need coordinators. This is an awesome task, but I am sure with a great volunteer effort we can win this battle.
Thank You, Ed Saukkooja/hemplobby.org
Ed says: “I tried to reply to the National Republican Senatorial Committee concerning a donation, it was rejected. I am wondering why?” me
Give it up, your arguments are bogus, get on board or get left behind. Leave your Right Wing dogma on high, and speak to the millions of Americans down here. The ones of us without work, unemployment running out, no-health care program. Talk with us about how NAFTA, GATA, world trade BS really effect the working class. Make it possible for us to put our hands and hearts to work. Open your eyes to Industrial Hemp.
Talk with us, not over us, e-nuff of this refer madness, we are not stupid. And by the way, Reagan wasn’t all that much…. ed at hemplobby.org
In response to:
Dear Republican Friend,
Today marks 100 days since Barack Obama took the oath of office. During this time, he has:
- Proposed the largest budget in U.S. history;
- Suggested $1.4 trillion in new taxes over the next decade;
- Released highly confidential CIA memos detailing strategies used that produced timely intelligence and thwarted further deadly terrorist attacks;
- Proposed cutting missile defense by $1.4 billion just days after North Korea tested a long-range missile.
Senate Republicans are literally the only line of defense preventing President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid from advancing their ultra-liberal agenda.
At best, this White House has mismanaged the first days of this new administration – including tax-evading Cabinet nominees and a stimulus bill that included taxpayer-funded bonuses for AIG executives.
At worst, the administration has cozied up to enemy regimes while shunning allies, given terrorism suspects unprecedented rights, and apologized for America’s “arrogance” on three different foreign continents.
P.S. With each day that goes by, President Obama and Congressional Democrats are advancing their radical liberal agenda. There is literally no time to lose. Please join us with your support today.
Yes, even fish food can be processed from hemp seed as demonstrated by the U. of Kentucky over 10 years ago. Our own Washington State University did studies in the early 90’s developing building materials from hemp stalks.
Please contact me if you are interested in helping the farmers of your district. You have my e-mail address, and I’ll give you a toll free phone number for you to call as not too cost the State any excess expenditures. 800-963-4367 Or, you can just wait until marijuana is as legal as alcohol . Why wait to develop hemp industries? Our loggers and farmers need work now. Show the GREEN side of Washington Republicans…
“Promoting the Economy while Protecting the Environment” is our motto at Hemplobby, and I hope you would checkout our publication PDF “Practical Guide to Hemp” at our web-site.
I live in small town in your district. Our towns elected officials are making a major mistake of robbing the treasury with a request of COPS money. We have no crime! I still leave my house unlock, I walk the streets at night without protection, and we have no fear form my neighbors or any criminal element.
Presently, Pe Ell town marshal is paid for 20 hours a week. He doesn’t live anywhere close to our community, and the town furnishes him a car, and picks up all his travel expenses to and from his home. Last year, the town spent over $60,000 for marshaling. The town marshal feels he needs more help in protecting us, so he applied for a COPS grant, which is unwarranted and unnecessary, and it is my belief is only self-aggrandizing.
I have lived in this community all my life, graduating from PLS in 1964. I will tell you in all honesty, the worst problems in this community have been caused by the the police themselves. The last time Pe Ell received COPS program money, the Mayor was re-called, mostly because of the problems with the local marshal and his Barny Fife assistants.
Pe Ell does not need a Police Force. The Lewis Co. Sheriff’s office does a fine job, give a grant to them. I was glad to see this program only has one billion, and there has been over eight billion dollars requested from the program all ready. I am sure the Sheriff could put it to good use, but not the Pe Ell Marshals office.
How do I see the grant proposal submitted by the marshall of Pe Ell? I would like to read the lies he submitted warranting COPS funding for this community.
You and I both know, crime in related to the economy. Send the money to the cities. We here in Pe Ell, do not need Federal Money to solve a nonexistent problem.
Last, but not least: If the COPS grant program funds Pe Ell Policing, the citizens of this community will vote to become unincorporated. You can “make book” on that.
Please reply; Ed Saukkooja – citizen