Posted on August 11, 2015 |
WASHINGTON: Last year the organizers of Seattle Hempfest put up “fenced-off, out-of-public-view, 21-and-over adult lounges” or “marijuana gardens” in an attempt to evolve with legalization … and to separate legal adult use from the herds of young folks that flock to the annual mega marijuana “protestival.”
This year, they had to toss the gardens and all their benefits because of a section written into omnibus legislation that became law in Washington last month. The new law makes providing a place for public marijuana use a class-c felony. And boy is that a really bad idea.
(The mega-event runs three days — Aug. 14-16 — on three Seattle waterfront parks.)
In fact, it’s a classic prohibition-style bad idea, because it makes a felony out of a common-sense, community-based accommodation of a very common and generally accepted reality. People use marijuana. People use marijuana while socializing, often in public. And, turns out, voters don’t want to fill up jails with people just because they use marijuana.