Washington state had a ballot initiative to “legalize” pot. Problem is had a whole new bureaucracy attached to it. It isn’t so much to take pot out of the hands of criminal gangs, as to have the state take over as chief criminal gang, taxing the stuff 25% at each stage (production, wholesale and retail). It ignores the federal law, and provides no means of keeping feds off one’s back, so getting a license to produce, distribute, or retail pot is tantamount to self incrimination on a federal crime. Oh goody.
So no– either a “yes” or a “no” vote is insane. I left that one blank, thank you. I will not actively participate in that level of stupid. Though it will be somewhat entertaining if it passes being as it will put the state at odds with the feds, it will still stink as bad as the current mishmash of morbid, deeply pathological and unconstitutional stupidity that is the War on Drugs. And 25%? Three times? That’ll guarantee a continued black market with all the attendant problems, even if the federal law were repealed or the Washington State Millita could keep the feds at bay. Don’t make me come over there to set you straight, damn you.
ETA: 11/06/12; The law takes up several pages in fine print, which alone is grounds for rejection. It’s near half the size of the U.S. constitution. All it would take is one sentence– “All state alcohol and drug laws, and rules and regulations related thereto, are hereby repealed.” Get that on the ballot and I’m with you.