“I don’t think it’s a states’ rights issue. I think you have federal supremacy when it comes to laws like this,” he told reporters in a conference call. “If our state attempts to legalize a product, which is still criminalized under federal law, the feds will move forward and prosecute under federal law.”
I-502 would legalize possession and sale of up to 1 ounce of marijuana. It would impose a steep excise tax on marijuana and cannabis-infused products at new state-licensed marijuana stores, and would allow state-regulated grow farms.
McKenna opposes the measure, as does his Democratic challenger Jay Inslee. When pressed for details about what he’d do if the measure was approved, McKenna declined comment.
“I don’t want to comment on what could happen with a law that’s not going to pass. If it passes in November, we’ll evaluate what actions we need to take,” he said.
McKenna also said Tuesday he would not release his income tax returns.
Inslee released five years of federal income-tax returns last week and called on McKenna to do the same. McKenna has said previously he wouldn’t release the documents, but his campaign indicated last week that he was reconsidering.
On Tuesday, McKenna reaffirmed his earlier position. “It’s a phony issue. Anyone who wants to know what my salary is, what property I own, what debts I have, etc., can look at that on my F1 (financial disclosure reports),” McKenna said.
Those state filings show the value of bank accounts and investments. But they display income and assets only in broad ranges. In McKenna’s case, financial-disclosure forms show his primary income is from his attorney-general salary of $152,000 a year.
When asked if McKenna would release information about donations to charity, McKenna’s campaign manager Randy Pepple noted McKenna previously disclosed he contributed 3 percent of his salary to charity. Then Pepple scolded reporters for asking.
“You know what, no. This just continues you guys wasting ink and air time on a non- issue to the benefit of the Inslee campaign,” he said.