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I-502 author Alison Holcomb, left, and City Attorney Pete Holmes [KPLU]
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I-502 author Alison Holcomb, left, and City Attorney Pete Holmes
[KPLU]

Editor’s note: You may have noticed a press blitz about the supposed need to extinguish medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state. Among the more shrill attackers of what they claim are “untaxed, unregulated” businesses are Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes and I-502 author, ACLU attorney Alison Holcomb. But there’s another, largely untold, side to this story. It’s a story of mom-and-pop marijuana businesses, serving seriously ill patients in need, slated for extinction as the competition by greedy I-502 interests who want to force medical patients into their expensive ($30 a gram? get real), inadequate system. Well, folks, the I-502 model is no longer the only game in town. With the looming advent of marijuana sales on Native American reservations nationwide, things are about to change in a big way. How about better prices and quality for starters? I’ll let Seattle activist Steve Sarich take it from here. ~ Steve Elliott

For all of you who think that the only way to save the I-502 model is to deny patients safe and affordable access to medication, we just thought we’d point out that I-502 model has been officially declared DEAD ON ARRIVAL.

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Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes says medical marijuana dispensaries have to go
[Hemp News]

We don’t need to scrap it. That would require someone in the Seattle Democratic Leadership to actually pronounce it dead. Since they stuck their necks out on this “New Approach to Prohibition”, they’re going to try desperately to salvage their brainchild from imminent failure. They can’t, and won’t, admit that it’s a failure.

But their shrill and desperate attacks against medical patients, and their threats of firing up the War on Marijuana again in Seattle are sinking faster than the Titanic. These same unscrupulous people that promised both patients and the voting public that “I-502 would not effect medical”, and thought that their well planned strategy might actually work…..got shot down by….of all people….the Feds.

What no one here has even mentioned here is that the feds have decided not to fight the tribes and given them the go-ahead to grow and sell marijuana.

Alison Holcomb is urging Seattle city officials to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries and hit them with felon charges. Yay Legalization!  [Hemp News]
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Alison Holcomb is urging Seattle city officials to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries and hit them with felon charges. Yay Legalization!
[Hemp News]

This means that there is not ONE DAMN THING that Petey Holmes, Alison Holcomb, Ann Rivers, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, or the Governor, can do to stop the sovereign Indian Tribes from establishing the first OPEN MARKET model for marijuana sales in Washington State.

The Nisqually Tribe, who have their own cigarette rolling operation in Shelton, are already getting ready to sell two-, three-, and four-packs of professionally rolled, labeled and packaged joints. The Suquamish Tribe, who was at the heart of this battle, is already writing their own regulations for production and distribution. All of them can tell Holmes, Holcomb and the Governor can go pound sand….and take Kohl-Welles and Rivers with them.

Very soon you’ll be able to buy open market marijuana, not over-taxed and over-regulated state government market marijuana, at an Indian smoke shop on River Road in Puyallup — for $5 a gram — without the five pages of crazy LCB regulations on advertising.

Steve Sarich is the author of this article.
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Steve Sarich is the author of this article.

YEP….I-502 is dead and all that’s left is the fun of kicking dirt over this plot to replace one Prohibition with an even more unscrupulous and insidious “New Approach” to the same old failed system.

Holmes and Holcomb know this is coming — which is why they are making increasingly crazy demands to make felons out of medical providers. They need to take them down before the legislators find out that 502 died when they weren’t paying attention.

If you trusted Alison Holcomb and Pete Holmes when they told you that I-502 would end Prohibition, and wouldn’t harm patients… I’d ask for your money back, if I were you… because you most certainly got lied to.

My hat is off to the Suquamish Tribal leaders that led the way on this effort. The Tribes deserve to take credit for ACTUALLY bringing Washington an Open Market model for cannabis distribution and totally destroying the government model that Holcomb and Soros planned to spread across this country like a virus.

~ Steve Sarich

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