Group Wants Marijuana Lowest Enforcement Priority


Jon Miller
Sensible Washington organizer and attorney Douglas Hiatt, right, fires up activists before a marijuana march in downtown Bremerton, Washington, earlier this month

Sensible Washington Announces Paid Signature Gatherers in Bremerton, Washington 
Sensible Washington on Monday announced that several “gracious and anonymous donors” have agreed to pay signature gatherers $1 per valid signature, “to assure we get our Bremerton initiative on this November’s ballot.”
This initiative would make cannabis the lowest enforcement priority within the city, as well as ban the city from cooperating with the federal government in the implementation of federal cannabis policies (federal non-cooperation).

“These donors have agreed to cover as many signatures as needed to confirm that, come our deadline in July, we turn in the roughly 2,000 valid signatures needed to put this initiative to the vote of the people,” said Sensible Washington’s Anthony Martinelli in a press release. “We are aiming for at least 2,500 to assure proper validity rates.”
According to Martinelli, “These donors are individuals who are tired of our failed war on cannabis, and are tired of Bremerton’s archaic ties to failed drug war policies and institutions.”
“We are running this same initiative, though currently through all volunteers, in five other cities: Olympia, Spokane, Kent, Everett and Bellingham,” Martinelli said.
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