By John Novak (Wauconda, WA)
Hey Washington State! Are you ready for drastic change? It's coming to our state in the form of cannabis legalization. And it can't come soon enough for our farmers.
Sensible Washington is filing the initiative today in Olympia. The signature petition drive should kick into high gear in about a week.
The initiative will be virtually identical to the one started last year.
Concise Description: This measure would remove state civil and criminal penalties for persons eighteen years or older who cultivate, possess, transport, sell, or use marijuana. Restrictions and penalties for persons under eighteen would be retained.
The initiative will be filed in the Secretary of State's office in the Legislative Building, Olympia, Washington, at about 2 p.m.
"Anyone wanting to be part of this historic event is welcome to participate," Skakie said. "Please be mainstream in your dress and appearance."
Well over 50% of Washington State residents polled statewide at favoring legalization.
This will re-open what was once called by Popular Mechanics a "Billion Dollar Industry" for Washington State agriculture.
"Hemp is the standard fiber of the world. It has great tensile strength and durability. It is used to produce more than 5,000 textile products, ranging from rope to fine laces, and the woody "hurds" remaining after the fiber has been removed contain more than 77 percent cellulose, which can be used to produce more than 25,000 products, ranging from dynamite to Cellophane."
Read the full text of this historic initiative here: https://sensiblewashington.org/blog/2010-campaign/read-i-1068/
Thanks to http://www.tokeofthetown.com for the tip!
HEMP FOR VICTORY IN 2011!
Please read Popular Mechanics Magazine, VOL. 69 February, 1938 NO. 2 ... "American farmers are promised a new cash crop with an annual value of several hundred million dollars, ... As an industry it amounts to over $1 billion a year..." http://www.ukcia.org/.../PopularMechanics/PinchHittersForDefense.htm