Harold and Kumar, Cheech and Chong Find Political Allies in Washington

We referenced this in the list of Kitsap Reader stories above, but thought it worth pulling out on its own in a blog entry.

A Republican and Democrat are joining forces in the Seattle Times in the call to decriminalize marijuana.

“We now have decades of proof that treating marijuana use as a crime is a failed strategy. It continues to damage the credibility of our public health officials and compromise our public safety. At a fundamental level, it has eroded our respect for the law and what it means to be charged with a criminal offense: 40 percent of Americans have tried marijuana at some point in their lives. It cannot be that 40 percent of Americans truly are criminals.”

There is a Senate bill in place in Olympia that would make the wishes of former state Rep. Toby Nixon, the Republican, and state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, a Seattle Democrat, come to fruition.

“Decriminalize” means if you’ve got stash for your own use, or even if you hand some to friends and don’t make a lot of money on it, that you can be fined civilly and forced to pay $100, which you could do by mail.

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