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Washington Liquor Control Board to Invent a Pot Market, From Seed to Store

The state Liquor Control Board has an interesting job in the year ahead: to get into the weeds of how marijuana is grown, sold and used.
By The Seattle Times – Monday, December 3 2012

 

Washington voters’ decision to legalize marijuana means the state Liquor Control Board (LCB) now has a year to set regulations for the first-of-its-kind marijuana market.

But first, the small state agency must go on an even stranger mission — to get into the, well, weeds of how marijuana is grown, sold and used.  I hope that the people give them hell for NOW trying to profit from it all lol.

At a hearing on Friday before a state Senate committee, Pat Kohler, the LCB director, said the agency would need to hire a consultant — a pot expert — to gather input from key groups of police, farmers, users and others to help her staff better “understand the product and the industry itself.”

The agency has been getting a lot of advice, said Rick Garza, Kohler’s deputy. “There’s a lot of people who think they have a lot of experience in this area,” Garza said, prompting laughs from lawmakers.

The voter-approved Initiative 502 requires the LCB to license and regulate a seed-to-store closed marijuana market, with the first licenses to be issued in late 2013. Based on a state fiscal analysis, it will be a big market: 363,000 users consuming 187,000 pounds of marijuana each year, with steep sin taxes generating more than $560 million a year.

– Article from The Seattle Times.

Marijuana legalization measure requires 40 staffers and a pot expert
Jonathan Martin, Seattle Times

The Washington State Liquor Control Board says it needs to hire 40 additional staff and bring an outside expert in marijuana to implement the voter-approved marijuana legalization measure.

In a briefing to a Senate committee in Olympia on Friday, LCB director Pat Kohler said the biggest challenge of setting up a regulated marijuana market was “understanding the product and the industry itself.”

“There’s a lot of people who think they have a lot of experience in this area,” joked Rick Garza, Kohler’s deputy.

The LCB is taking the lead in creating rules for state-licensed marijuana stores, growers and processors called for in Initiative 502, which passed 56-44 on Nov. 6. Friday’s hearing was the first chance for lawmakers to ask questions about the historic measure.

Kohler estimated there could be 328 stores – the same number of liquor stores under the now-defunct state liquor monopoly – but her staff needed to better understand potential customer demand, among other things. A state fiscal analysis predicted that 363,000 state residents would buy from the state stores, based on federal use surveys.

I really hope they dont try to set up some stereotypical stoner kid to be the “expert”. It SHOULD be a middle aged, regular consumer, who has struggled with other health problems or even addictions and overcome them. Someone who has done hours upon hours of research and study into the effects of medicinal uses, habitual use, as well as occasional “social” use. My fear is that they will appoint a bunch of cops to regulate it, and politicians to commercialize it.
They should be professional, knowledgeable, and intelligent.

P.S.
Im perfect for this job!!!!

Proposed List (by OccupyWallSt.org) Of Demands For Occupy Wall St Movement!

(User Submitted)

Posted Sept. 25, 2011, 3:46 p.m. EST (16 days ago) by anonymous

Admin note: This is not an official list of demands. This is a forum post submitted by a single user and hyped by irresponsible news/commentary agencies like Fox News (associated Press, Lucis trust, Lucipher Publishing Inc, AlJazeera etc) and Mises.org. This content was not published by the OccupyWallSt.org collective, nor was it ever proposed or agreed to on a consensus basis with the NYC General Assembly. There is NO official list of demands.


Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending “Freetrade” by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.

Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.

Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.

Demand four: Free college education.

Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.

Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.

Demand seven: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America’s nuclear power plants.

Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.

Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.

Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.

Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the “Books.” World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the “Books.” And I don’t mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.

Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.

Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.

These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.

Lloyd J Hart 508-687-9153

Rep. Lamar Smith, Republicans, Conservatives and Other Communists: Please STOP the FAILED, Nation-Destabilizing, IMMORAL War on Drugs!

Rep. Lamar Smith, Republicans, Conservatives and Other Communists: Please STOP the FAILED, Nation-Destabilizing, IMMORAL War on Drugs!

The vast pools of blood spilled every day BECAUSE of the FAILED War on Drugs— which began only 40 years ago by corrupt politician Republican Richard Nixon – now rests with the Obama Administration and Congress, and particularly a man named Lamar Smith, Representative of Texas and head of the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives. These are the men and women with the blood of scores of innocent people on their hands, since unrighteous laws can be changed, and these Communists refuse to stop the immoral War on Drugs, and so the suffering of the innocent will be upon their heads now.

The U.S. Congress created the Cannabis Prohibition law in 1937 and later the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. These two immoral laws combined together created million of outlaws out of otherwise law-abiding citizens pursuing their constitutional right of freedom of expression and freedom of religious expression. Smith has said that his committee will not even consider the Barney Frank/Ron Paul marijuana legalization bill. Here is his nonsensical and communist answer as to why he won’t give states the right to decide whether to legalize cannabis or not:

“Marijuana use and distribution is prohibited under federal law because it has a high potential for abuse and does not have an accepted medical use in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved smoked marijuana for any condition or disease.

Decriminalizing marijuana will only lead to millions more Americans becoming addicted to drugs and greater profits for drug cartels who fund violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Allowing states to determine their own marijuana policy flies in the face of Supreme Court precedent.”

His first two points are moot, since alcohol is highly addictive and massively abused, and alcohol has not (as far as I know) been determined to help any “condition or disease.” If millions more Americans CHOOSE to smoke cannabis rather than drink alcohol, wouldn’t that lessen alcohol abuse, which is MUCH more ruinous to the individual than cannabis? And how is legalizing cannabis going to make the Mexican Drug Cartels richer? As far as the Supreme Court is concerned, they have been wrong about Black Americans being 100% human, along with other decisions, and they are WRONG about Congress being able tooutlaw drug consumption.

Does the Congressman admit that there are many legal drugs that are abused, and children are now sniffing household items to get high, with deadly results? Does Mr. Smith think he can trump his Creator and call Him a liar? This is what Elohim has said to the whole world:

And Elohim said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

   12And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and Elohim saw that it was good.

29And Elohim said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which isupon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

   30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

   31And Elohim saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

I used to be a big defender of the War on Drugs, not knowing what Law and Government is supposed to stand for and what they are to protect. People do not get together to form Government and to make Law to keep people safe from themselves, but rather for people to be FREE TO CHOOSE to harm themselves if they so choose (unless it is a dictatorship), unrestrained by government decree unless it is a nuisance to OTHERS. This is why one cannot bring oneself to Court, since one cannot get compensation from oneself, and Courts are made to secure Justice for the Rights of Citizens.

Our Constitution prohibits our Federal Government from inhibiting the pursuits of its citizens — no matter how destructive to the person pursuing his happiness through any given activity it may be — to do things that are repugnant or politically opposing to others in our Republic, UNLESS it infringes on other enumerated rights found in the Constitution. This is not communism, but rather freedom of Religion. The Communists (Dictatorships, Religious Regimes) have always sought to control the population of a nation through Drug Prohibition, from the Islamists centuries ago to the Catholic Church throughout the centuries, to dictatorships and Communist countries of the world today. This is also whydictator-in-the-making Comrade Obama doesn’t want to bring MILLIONS of jobs to America and slow the growth of the increase in innocent blood being shed in the world through AMERICA’S immoral War on Drugs.

These Communists will invoke children and effects on society and on the individual users, but they cannot cite their evil Communist laws in the Constitution, which forbids such things UNLESS it is done by Constitutional Amendment, like the dozens of others Amendments that have passed, including the infamous FAILED Prohibition on Alcohol Amendment that made millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens pursuing happiness become criminals, ushering in criminal gang violence and ever-increasing innocent bloodshed.

The very same thing has happened again, but this time it went world-wide, corrupting governments and destabilizing not just nations, but whole regions of the globe. Mexican Drug Gangs are destabilizing Mexico, with other parts of the world suffering terrible drug gang violence, while virtuously every big and medium-sized city (and even many small cities) in America has a dangerous and destabilizing gang problems, while assassinations continue around the world because of the War on Drugs and the violence associated with letting criminals handle these outlawed substances.

The very same Republicans, Conservatives and other defenders of Drug Prohibition will not want to go back to Alcohol Prohibition, citing the FACT that it failed, even though the evidence PROVES alcohol abuse is a plague of problems that touches virtuously EVERY home in America EVERY year. They don’t want to outlaw cigarettes, since Communists do such things, but cigarettes cause much more damage in terms of death and fire than even alcohol. And they don’t want to regulate how much food an obese person can eat, since they do want to be known as Communists, even though obesity causes many more deaths than even cigarettes do.

So we are left with these Communists and THEIR moral feelings trumping our Constitution and common sense, while they oppose other communistic remedies to other problems in the country. This is hypocrisy and self-righteousness combined with pride to form Communist principles of punishing those of opposing viewpoints and making them into outlaws of the state. Meanwhile, they say, “pass the beer or cigarette or caffeine – which kills over 1,000 in the U.S. every year.

urge all to contact (D.C. 202-225-4236) Mr. Lamar Smith and Mr. Obama (202-456-1111) and your Representative and two Senators and tell them to STOP the immoral and failed War on Drugs, letting them know that innocent blood is being spilled and many lives ruined around the globe because of America’s pushing and bullying of other nations to go along with this Communist scheme.

Thanks for listening,

Peace – Shocking Speech to the United Nations (must watch)

Shocking Speech to the United Nations (must watch).

Namaste,

Arnold.

Cause and Effect!

What happens will happen because it is the only thing that can happen.  No body causes the law of gravity, it is “cause and effect.”
A scientific mind that is not prejudiced by dogma, religious or political, will always see the forest as well as the individual trees.  If you can’t see the forest because of the trees you will never see the big picture, as a consequence of being short sighted you will be blind to how the past affects the present and how what happens in the present will affect the future.  You will be blind to what is inevitable and what is not inevitable.
Change happens! Traditions become no longer relevant to the changing circumstances, situations and conditions, that happen to prevail at a particular point in time.  Change always happens when it is necessary for that change to occur.  It is necessary for a starving man to eat food or he will die.  It is inevitable!
It is inevitable for socialism to become the next stage of social development. Capitalism has a life span and when it becomes necessary the locked out workers of the system of capitalism will have no alternative but to overthrow the capitalist system, and to bring into being the diametric opposite of the capitalist system.  A system that has a planned economy designed to profit without discrimination the entire community.

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