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November 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Holmes says feds will hold off

Pete Holmes is greeted as he enters a party for supporters of Initiative 502 in downtown Seattle. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

 

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who arrived at the I-502 initiative party around 7:15 p.m., said he spoke with Western Washington’s U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan earlier today and Durkan said the federal government “has no plans, except to talk.”

Proponents of the initiative have feared that the feds would immediately file an injunction if I-502 passes.
“We’re having really good conversations, but no promises,” Holmes said of his talks with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “No doubt there is a conflict with federal law” if I-502 passes.

Holmes said if the initiative passes tonight, the legalization of marijuana doesn’t take place for another 30 days; at that point, it would be legal for adults 21 and older to possess an ounce of pot, although there will be no place to legally purchase the drug.

The initiative would also start the clock on a one-year timeline to begin writing rules on how the new initiative it will be implemented.

Holmes was greeted when he walked in the door by a woman who predicted victory tonight. Giving Holmes a hug, she said effusively, “This is the first break in the Berlin Wall! Do I think (it will pass)? Absolutely! And that means you’re so right!”

After she walked away, Holmes said, joking, “I didn’t pay her to say that.”

 

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