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Mark Lindquist
Last week Seattle Weekly chatted with Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist about his office's reaction to the passage of I-502. In an unusual

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Comment of the Day: A Poem About Legalized Pot and the Feds

PC Prosecutor Mark Lindquist Mug.jpg
Mark Lindquist
Last week Seattle Weekly chatted with Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist about his office's reaction to the passage of I-502. In an unusual turn of events, Lindquist compared evolving marijuana policy in our state and nation to Pink Floyd, and a Daily Weekly commenter responded in kind with something of a poem.

As the post notes:

In your opinion, are there things within I-502 that could use clarification at the legislative level?

I-502 was artfully drafted to win an election. I expect over time there will be clarification to adapt the law to practice. As an initiative, however, it takes a two-thirds vote in the legislature to amend it in the first two years. Until then, the Liquor Control Board is the key player. This agency has been tasked with setting up a system for growing, refining, and distributing marijuana. Possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is legal as of December 6, but currently there is no legal means to obtain marijuana. There won't be any revenue for the state until the Liquor Control Board has figured out how to grow, process, and market marijuana, and do it all in a way that doesn't invite the federal government to kick in their doors.

EXTRA CREDIT! Any predictions as to how the feds will ultimately react to I-502? What do you expect to happen?

You would need a Ouija Board to predict exactly how the federal government is going to initially react to I-502. I can, however, tell you what I think the future looks like. Eventually our laws pertaining to marijuana will resemble our laws pertaining to its intoxicant cousin alcohol. To steal from 'Casablanca" via Pink Floyd, "Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon...."

As mentioned, the Q&A with Lindquist inspired a poem from commenter zqxjkvb.

As zqxjkvb writes:

Smoke it if you've got it.

If the Feds go ballistic, it could be a nightmare.

And then you'll be in prison. Again.

For what?

You dig it?

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