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  •  OR and WA (10+ / 0-)

    Are both looking to follow California's lead on this issue--Washington has Initiative 1068 which is still being qualified for the ballot in November and the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2010 is likewise still getting signatures to put it on the ballot.  If we can get all three states' measures qualified and voted in next election the whole Left Coast will Go Green, sending  a pretty powerful message to the rest of the country.  Then we'll start raking in the bucks on pot tourism, which will send an even clearer message in the only language politicians understand--$$$ish!

    Oregonians--if you haven't signed on OCTA yet the deadline is today because sigs have to be turned in by COB tomorrow--so get on it!  You can print out a signature sheet here.

    "Nothing's wrong, son, look at the news!" -- Firesign Theater

    by SmartAleq on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 09:17:08 AM PDT

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    •  I think your right about marijuana tourism (5+ / 0-)

      There are more benefits for California and other states who lead, in addition to the tax revenue and reductions in costs of enforcement. I used to live in Calif and will gladly travel back just to smoke my first legal joint in this country. I've been waiting 40 years to do that. Sure hope 2010 is the year!

      Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

      by reflectionsv37 on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 11:50:32 AM PDT

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      •  Considering how spendy... (4+ / 0-)

        Travelling to Europe is right now, and how modest most American's vacation plans are likely to be for the foreseeable future, I can see this becoming a very real likelihood.  The Left Coast is chock full of beautiful scenery, fun stuff to do and cool people (especially the PNW, of course!) and adding in legal weed, pot cafes and hemp products to encourage stressed out, pissed off tourists from the red states to come out and take a load off and chill a bit could go a long way toward fixing our local economies AND influencing saner voting in other states as well.  Win!

        "Nothing's wrong, son, look at the news!" -- Firesign Theater

        by SmartAleq on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 12:40:22 PM PDT

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        •  excellent (2+ / 0-)
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          that really will happen, you know; mr. and mrs. fred will be in ca for a niece's wedding, and they'll stop at a cafe while looking around the town, and voila! new users, or at least they'll have a good story to tell their friends back home

          although i know people who say they don't like it because they get "anxious"

          probably because it's been (up to now) illegal...

    •  Is that thermometer right? (1+ / 0-)
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      SmartAleq

      6 thousand out of 125 thousand needed?

      "Israel does not any longer occupy the West Bank or Gaza. They left." Rep. Weiner

      by JesseCW on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 03:04:43 PM PDT

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      •  I don't think so... (1+ / 0-)
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        Another branch of the company I was working for had the OCTA account and it was acquired after another sig gathering firm got sanctioned for dodgy pay schemes but we'd have heard if it was that much in trouble--I think the site just isn't updated properly, or the number is of officially approved signatures, not raw numbers.

        "Nothing's wrong, son, look at the news!" -- Firesign Theater

        by SmartAleq on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 04:21:41 PM PDT

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