Back when I was a pot activist, people used to say things all the time—all the time they wanted an excuse to get high—like, "It's always 4:20 somewhere in the world." No, it is not always 4:20, trout brains, because time zones aren't drawn in one-minute increments. Four god damn twenty.
That said, because I used to be pot activist, and because pot prohibition is truly one of the must pernicious laws in the books, and because people still want me to talk about pot, and because 4/20 is like international smoke-till-you-puke day, I couldn't resist this offer.
Tonight at University Heights, the 43rd District Democrats will host a forum on the "legal, societal and economic ramifications of decriminalizing versus legalizing marijuana." I'll be moderating.
Here's the awesome lineup: Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders, Washington State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36), Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, and attorney and reform activist Douglas Hiatt who's running the initiative to legalize pot in Washington. I'm curious how far the judge and prosecutor think the state can go—how much pot people can possess, grow, and transfer—before ending up in legally murky territory with state and federal courts. I'm interested to hear from Kohl-Welles and Hiatt how to toe that line and the realistic strategy for getting there.
It runs from 7:30 p.m. at 8:30 p.m. at University Heights Community Center (50th and the Ave).
(This would be a good place to mention that if you show up totally baked and leave with a severe diagnosis of the munchies, go to Jewel of India on The Ave between 50th and 47th. That tikka masla... oh, man. Bro. Dude.)