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Marijuana: Idaho Resort Town Passes Three Initiatives -- Again

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #538)

For the second time in less than a year, voters in the Sun Valley town of Hailey, Idaho, have approved a trio of marijuana reform initiatives. A measure legalizing medical marijuana, another legalizing industrial hemp, and a third directing the city to make marijuana law enforcement its lowest policing priority all passed. A fourth initiative that would have directed the city to tax and regulate marijuana distribution failed.

Selkirk mountains, northern Idaho
Voters passed the same three initiatives in November, but city officials balked at enforcing them. That stance was strengthened by a December opinion from the Idaho Attorney General's office that the local initiatives conflicted with state law.

But Ryan Davidson, chairman of the Idaho Liberty Lobby, the group that organized both efforts, put the initiatives back on the ballot. Another round of ballot box victories would make it "politically less viable" for local officials to oppose the will of the voters, he told the Idaho Mountain News.

Where things will go from here remains to be seen. The Hailey mayor, a city councilor, and the chief of police sued the city earlier this month over the initiatives in search of a judgment the city can use as a guide for dealing with them.

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Anonymous (not verified)

maybe we need a war on public servants that don't honor the constitution and the will of the people. I think a 25 year minimum prison sentence would be about right, then they could sit in jail with all the non-violent drug users they put there for no good reason.

Fri, 05/30/2008 - 6:01pm Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

... at present, have devolved into bureaucrat$ ,who by definition, are mindlessly working ,to protect themselve$ from anything progressive. Re-legalize cannabis and criminalize unlawfull bureaucrats! That go's for the feds too.

Sat, 05/31/2008 - 10:53am Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

Remember the scene in "Braveheart" where "the law" of the overlords was rejected with armed might? That should have transpired immediately after the State said they were not going to honor the individual rights of the people in this town, nor their 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 9th,10th, and 14th amendment contracts with the people they govern.

And now for the admission of guilt:

Although these words are big, I'm unfortunately a coward too. Just like all those Idaho gunowners who voted for tolerance and individual rights, and were told by their bastard government: SORRY, FUCK YOU. Although I carry a gun every where I go, I am not brave enough to risk my comfort and security to do what needs to be done, if America is ever to be free again. Why is our nation, founded on bloody battle, so filled with rank cowards? Why am I too afraid to challenge the clearly unconstitutional and immoral government masters we all live under?

Why is anyone?

Perhaps it's because it's taken me half my adult life to learn what the government schools failed to teach me:
That the jury is the 4th branch of government, and supreme legal power in the nation. That every juror has the right to sit on a jury, just as the prosecution has no right to remove anyone for being too intelligent, or "too biased" against unjust laws. That the prosecutorial state is illegal and illegitimate, and need not be obeyed, (as the Supreme Court Case Marbury V. Madison long ago decided).

I could go on.

But the people have shown me that as long as it has taken me to figure these things out, they are not even to the point I was at, 20 years ago. They still believe that voting for a "Democrat"(against democratic elections) is different than voting for a "Republican"(against the Republic)

...They've sent me the message with their idiotic sheeplike conformist votes that Libertarians are not welcome in the once libertarian Nation that existed north of the Mason-Dixon line.

So fuck the "American people", if they don't start voting libertarian, and don't start handing out information to their friends and families. Fuck them, if they don't ever take a moral stand, and refuse to remain friends with tyrants and oppressors among them. Fuck them, if they think it's OK to fill American prisons with innocent people. Fuck them, if they want drug rights, but not gun rights, or vice versa.

...I could go on, about the nation that spits on Frederick Douglass's memory, and honors simpletons like Asa Hutchinson with fame and fortune. I could go on, but why bother? The decision has been made, and the seeds are all sown. ...Now's the time to reap its harvest.

-The Free Juror

Sun, 06/01/2008 - 8:21am Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

Changing laws back to the way they should always have been is the way to go.

and this:

Q. What is wrong with our 'judao/christian nation?
A. Well, it's judao and it's christian!

Judaism and Christianity, in what they really are, are not the problem. Just because the society we live in has misused jewish and christian ideals and turned them into oppression of the people doesn't mean that Judaism and Christianity are the problem. The only way I agree with this is if what you mean is that there should be a separation of church and state. That i agree with. However, let's not smear the religions themselves. i don't think those relgions would stand for prohibition. (in fact, as you must know, there are some churches that are advocating an end to prohibition.)

Mon, 06/02/2008 - 11:47am Permalink

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