Prior to TheJointBlog launching as a daily cannabis news site in January, 2013, I served as the Campaign Manager for then-Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove, who’s now on the King County Council; I also worked on his political action committee, which purpose is to help elect progressive candidates. During the 2012 election I spent well over 100 hours – mostly volunteer, though some paid (by the before-mentioned PAC) – helping to get Jay Inslee elected as governor. I believe he generally has strong values, and some great policy positions. But after the signing of Senate Bill 5052, he’s lost my support, and won’t be receiving my time, nor my vote, when running for reelection next year.
Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas has officially signed on as a sponsor of H.R. 1523, the U.S. “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act“, bringing the total number of bipartisan sponsors to 19.
Under this proposal the federal government would be required to respect the law of states which decide to legalize cannabis for medical or recreational purposes, forbidding them from enforcing federal prohibition in these states. The measure was introduced earlier this year, in April.