Everywhere I looked, people were handing out joints, starter plants, seeds, and loose marijuana. Clouds of smoke billowed across the bridge as everyone who could toked in celebration.
Today’s Radical Rant is the last one I write for HIGH TIMES as a criminal in my home state.
Legalization always trumps prohibition. Legalization is always better than a consumer’s arrest or a patient’s death.
I frame my view of legalization based on the facts that 7 out of 8 arrests for marijuana are consumers, not growers, and that anything that frees the consumers makes catching the growers far more difficult.
As of press time, there is still a month to go in the Oregon legislative session; how taxation and licensing and local control will work out by July 1 is anybody’s guess.
In the interview you’ll hear from Eddy Lepp when he expects to be released from prison (sooner than expected!), how he misses the great Jack Herer, and more.
It’s time for activists on the left and right to come together for a constitutional amendment that, like Washington State, prohibits any legislative tinkering with a citizen initiative for two years.
Any county that voted against Measure 91 with more than 55 percent of the vote will be allowed to ban marijuana commerce. That makes up almost all the counties east of the Cascade Mountains.
In 2015 in Ohio, you don’t get to vote for the legalization you may want. You get to vote to end prohibition with ResponsibleOhio or to vote with the cops, courts, prisons, and rehabs that want to keep prohibition.
While marijuana was legalized in 2014 by a 56 percent statewide vote, Ferrioli has been fighting for the right of Eastern Oregon counties to ignore the new law.