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January 6, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Marijuana: A new drug war is starting between the legal and medical markets

I chuckle at City Attorney Pete Holmes’ “path forward”: the city’s and state’s plan to create their own marijuana cartel to be enforced by the police, the courts and the prisons [“City Attorney Pete Holmes: ‘Clearly commercial’ medical pot shops not legal,” The Evergreen, Jan. 5].

He’s upset that medical “dispensaries” are engaging in “commercial” activities. This is “illegal,” he says. The Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts didn’t like competition either, but not even they had the direct power to throw rivals in jail.

This isn’t going to last, Holmes and state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles. It was one thing to justify prosecuting marijuana growers and dealers for providing a drug considered dangerous. It’s another to simply outlaw competition. The state’s and city’s cartel will be erected on a foundation of clay.

The truly amusing part about this, in a dark sort of way, is that it comes from self-styled liberals — who wind up being cartel builders and monopolists right out of the robber-baron era.

Congratulations, progressives of Seattle! In case anyone has failed to notice, you’re just as greedy as anyone else. Think the drug wars are over? Not hardly.

Charles Pluckhahn, Seattle

View Pete Holmes’ Jan. 4 memorandum

Comments | Topics: Charles Pluckhahn, City Attorney Pete Holmes, legal marijuana

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