It's brilliant in its simplicity.
A Washington State Democrat has introduced a bill to legalize marijuana and sell it in liquor stores.
Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson filed House Bill 1550 on Tuesday, which proposes pot be sold to adults aged 21 and up.
The bill argues regulation and taxation of weed would "generate revenue for health care programs" and "create jobs in the agricultural sector." It suggests the state's Liquor Control Board could issue licenses for marijuana growing.
It also blames marijuana prohibition for millions of dollars "wasted" prosecuting cannabis-related offenses.
I wanted to quickly highlight this as a good idea - because if black market dynamics and true regulation are to be had, availability has to be as hassle-free as possible.
I also posted it because it is DEMOCRAT making this move.
This is SMART thinking - but....all I would ask MOST democrats to do is simply talk about 'time to look at reform options.
That's it. Just talk.
That would be leadership at this point.
Yeah...the GOP will go bonkers. Expect it.
Welcome it, exploit it. The more they foam at the mouth, the further out of touch with America they will appear.
Now's the time.
Go for it!
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