Read Rep. Dave Rogers’ July 2017 Email Newsletter
Why is there no info in the July newsletter explaining Rep Rogers change of position or giving information on the very high profile Marijuana Legalization process. He is a member of the Marijuana Legalization Committee & has previously taken a leadership role on this issue. After the legislature refused to act on MJ decriminalize, medical, or legalization for 30 years voters approved all 3 by ballot. I have heard Rep Rogers speak at several Unitarian organized Criminal Justice Conferences along with Sens Brownsberger & Donnelly in support of Legalization. In addition Rep Rogers was the lead sponsor of the Legalization bill which was very similar to Ballot Q4. I was shocked to see that Rep Rogers voted ‘yes’ on the House bill last week — a complete rewrite of Q4, disrespecting the will of the voters on this issue. An explanation is in order. This is an opportunity as Committe co-chair Sen Jehlen has eloquently & wisely said to replace a billion dollar untaxed & unregulated market with with a regulated approach that works. If done badly high taxes and few stores (allowing local elected officials decide) will perpetuate the underground market & police/arrests & this will remain a mess for decades.
Maddy – Thanks for your message. I am glad we were able to connect and discuss this in detail. The conference committee is negotiating differences between the House and Senate and I am cautiously optimistic that the final bill will be a reasonable compromise that advances the goals we share.
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