Now, two years after the vote was passed, Washington's marijuana approach is being called the "weakest" in the nation. How times have changed.
An entry on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's marijuana blog notes that of the four states that have legalized pot, Washington fails to measure up largely because it forbids home growing of marijuana plants, especially for medical marijuana patients.
Right now, these patients are having to battle recreational users who patronize medical pot dispensaries, which are largely unregulated and more numerous than licensed recreational marijuana establishments (especially in Seattle). And it's difficult to create additional supply to meet the demand for both types of pot because the law prohibits any new types of marijuana strains to be brought into the state.
But if people were allowed to grow small amounts of marijuana plants, entrepreneurs could begin offering seeds and growing kits to them. And they wouldn't have to compete with Washington residents who are only seeking recreational pot. Of course, making changes to laws governing either medical or recreational marijuana would probably take several months or years to complete.So it appears that Washington is stuck with I-502, warts and all, for the foreseeable future.
The term "buyer's remorse" describes a feeling someone gets after making a major purchase. Could the state's voters now be suffering from "voters' remorse?"