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  • Official: Law not in medical marijuana user's favor

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    Oregon State Police snapped this photo of the marijuana Shupe had in his possessionOregon State Police snapped this photo of the marijuana Shupe had in his possession
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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Marijuana advocates packed a public hearing to support changes in the state's drug laws.
     
Lawmakers are considering two bills dealing with pot this year. One would legalize marijuana for those 21 and older, and regulate it like alcohol. Another would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot for adults.
     
The bills were heard Wednesday afternoon by the House Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee.
     
The committee won't take action on the bills until next week.
     
Washington is one of four states where legalization bills have been introduced. And on Monday, activists filed a ballot initiative that would legalize all adult marijuana possession, manufacturing and sales in the state.

Washington activists file initiative to legalize pot

(January 11, 2010)

Five activists have filed a ballot initiative that would legalize all adult marijuana possession in Washington state.
     
Its sponsors include two Seattle lawyers as well as the director of Seattle's annual Hempfest. The group calls itself Sensible Washington, and says it's time that the state's government stop wasting money on police, court and jail costs for people who use or produce marijuana.

Douglas Hiatt, a lawyer who represents medical marijuana patients, told The Associated Press after filing the initiative Monday that the proposal would remove all state penalties for adult
possession of pot. Criminal penalties for juvenile possession and for providing the drug to juveniles would remain in place. Marijuana would also remain illegal under federal law.
     
Hiatt says volunteers are lining up to collect the more than 241,000 valid signatures required to place the initiative on the November ballot.

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