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August 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Mark Kleiman, the state’s top pot consultant, has suggested a way to end the lingering tension between Washington’s new recreational pot law and the federal government, which considers all marijuana illegal.
And state Attorney General Bob Ferguson did not dismiss Kleiman’s idea. Ferguson said the AG’s office “has done their own examination” of Kleiman’s proposal and “it’s too soon to say” if it has traction with decision-makers.
Ferguson did not want to reveal any more about the state’s discussions with the federal Department of Justice. “I’m not ready to get into more detail about what communication is going on with the feds,” Ferguson said.
In an article published Wednesday in the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis, Kleiman said the DOJ now seems to have three options: cracking down on legalized pot in Washington and Colorado, acquiescing to legalization, or “muddling through” with its current policy of only saying it continues to review new laws in those two states.
Kleiman sees two better alternatives.
July 30, 2012 at 9:50 AM
UPDATED: Includes name of library levy proponent participating in Wednesday library chat.
Former state Sen. Cheryl Pflug didn’t just break with her party to vote in favor of legalizing gay marriage in the Legislature last winter. She also decided to appear in a pro-gay-marriage ad, sponsored by the Pride Foundation, a non-profit group. The ad is intended to be educational in nature and does not specifically mention the gay-marriage measure on the ballot this November. The Pflug ad will run daily throughout the Olympic games. Other Republicans in the Legislature supported the gay-marriage legislation, but, so far, only one other GOP lawmaker, Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, has appeared in an ad, an online one, specifically supporting Referendum 74, the measure that could undo or preserve the state’s new gay marriage law. A yes vote retains the law. A no vote does not.
Question of the day: Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and the U.S. Department of Justice settled their long dispute about how to bring change to the Seattle Police Department. One of the solutions is a new special commission, appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council. The commission will, among other things, evaluate use-of-force policies and internal investigations. This issue has dragged on for many months, almost as long as Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s earlier battle over a downtown tunnel. Is the settlement a political plus or minus for McGinn?
With replacement workers coming in to pick up some of the trash, the Seattle area garbage strike is not — yet — the biggest impact strike. Seattle Weekly has a piece about the five garbage strikes that changed the world. Think New York, Memphis and Greece.
We are live chatting a lot lately. This coming Wednesday at noon, join the Politics Northwest team for a live chat on the Seattle Library Levy. With us that day at noon will be Chris Leman, an opponent of the library levy, and Marcellus Turner, city librarian
a proponent to be named later who will speak for the levy, which is on the Aug. 7 ballot.
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