In short, the report by Washington DC based National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, basically says that it is a waste of money and resources to make laws against panhandling, loitering, and sleeping in public places.
Criminalization measures do nothing to address theunderlying causes of homelessness and, instead, onlyworsen the problem. Misusing police power to arresthomeless people is only a temporary intervention,as most people are arrested and incarcerated forshort periods of time. Ultimately, arrested homelesspeople return to their communities, still with nowhereto live and now laden with financial obligations, such as court fees, that they cannot pay. Moreover, criminal convictions – even for minor crimes – can create barriers to obtaining critical public benefits, employment, or housing, thus making homelessness more difficult to escape.
Having lived on the east coast for about a year a half and settling back into Olympia, I’m out of the loop on a lot of things. One of those things being that The Olympian has a pay wall.
After clicking through 7 different posts, you’ll be directed to the above image and asked to subscribe for around $10 a month.
What’s interesting, though, is there are plenty of easy ways to get past it. I was able to get past it by opening up The Olympian in private/incognito mode or just switching to a different browser. There’s also a Google Chrome app to get past it.
I wonder if the ease of which you can get through the pay wall without paying is a feature or a bug. Nytimes.com lets you get past their pay wall for certain stories or if you go to an article through social media. If that’s the case, then it’s more a “keep off the grass” sign than a wall.
"First, the state’s Liquor Control Board, which is charged with regulating legal pot sales, seriously underestimated the amount of applications it would get from people interested in growing marijuana for retail sales. Since marijuana follows a specific growing and harvesting cycle, the delays severely limited how much marijuana growers and processors could produce in time for the retail launch.
Second, many aspiring entrepreneurs underestimated what it would take to set up growing and processing operations and repeatedly failed inspections.
The result: months of extensions and delays on the approval process, and not enough licensed growers and processors to meet the kind of demand that’s expected as shops are allowed to open.”
420 Carpenter, out in Lacey, is the only one (so far) in Thurston County to win one. 420 Carpenter won the license, with 23 other retail stores in the state through a lottery by the Washington State Liquor Control Board. From WSLCB’s release:
"Businesses receiving their licenses today represent the first of 334 licenses allotted by the WSLCB for retail sales who have successfully completed the licensing process. Locations receiving licenses were selected by taking into account population, geographic dispersion and the individual applicant’s readiness to be licensed."
Jordan Schrader from The News Tribune points out that it is still hard to get legally grown marijuana, so most of the businesses won’t open quite yet because of supply problems.
"At Seattle’s Cannabis City, owner James Lathrop said he’d wait until noon.
"Know your audience: We’re talking stoners here," he told the AP. "I’d be mean to say they need to get up at 5 a.m. to get in line."