Drug Task Force Seizes Signed I-1068 Petitions

May 20, 2010

Sensible Washington has learned that one dozen signed copies of I-1068, the marijuana legalization initiative for Washington State of which Sensible Washington is the sponsor, were seized last week by the federally-funded WestNet drug task force. Our estimate is that 200 signatures are sitting in WestNet’s offices in Port Orchard, apparently seized as evidence during a series of raids against the North End Club 420 in Tacoma. The club is operating as a medical marijuana dispensary.

We have made repeated calls to WestNet’s office, but have yet to receive any assurance that the task force’s personnel have secured the signed petitions and that they plan to promptly return them to Sensible Washington.

“It proves how insane marijuana prohibition has gotten that law enforcement would seize signed copies of I-1068 as ‘evidence’ in a drug raid,” said Philip Dawdy, I-1068 campaign director and an initiative co-author. “The only thing they are evidence of is democracy in action. It is not a crime or evidence of a crime for citizens to sign a statewide initiative.”

Sensible Washington calls upon WestNet to immediately return the seized petitions to our offices at 3161 Elliott Avenue, Suite 340, Seattle WA 98121 or to make other arrangements for their immediate delivery to Sensible Washington.

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