Its over! Election night 2012 has come and gone. America can now move forward, resume work hard as "citizens," as President Obama told us we must do, and then go home, smoke some legal marijuana and break out a bowl of Cheetos. Well, not quite yet, Governor Hickenlooper of Colorado tells us. Remember that its still unlawful on the federal level.
Colorado passed a similar law, Amendment 64, which also legalizes and taxes the sale of marijuana.
Hats off to the hard working architects of social change. The path forward will be an interesting legal battle still since its illegal under federal law. But for now the cheers are loud and clear.
Alison Holcomb, one of the architects of the I-502, could barely stand from exhaustion last night. She was quoted by the Seattle Times:
"I'm going to go ahead and give my victory speech right now. After this I can go sit down and stop shaking," said Alison Holcomb, I-502's campaign manager and primary architect." Today the state of Washington looked at 75 years of national marijuana prohibition and said it is time for a new approach," she said.
The support for the Initiative was broad and included, former top federal law-enforcement officials, the King County sheriff, the entire Seattle City Council, public-health experts, African-American leaders and the state labor council. John McKay, U.S. attorney in Seattle under the George W. Bush administration, was a public face of the campaign.
Stay tuned for more discussion of the legality on the local level and when the initiative has legal effect.