Sheriff John Urquhart of King County, Washington has something to say to Oregon voters: Marijuana legalization works.
The Yes on 91 campaign for legal marijuana in Oregon began airing ads this week featuring Urquhart. In the 30-second spot, he talks about his continued support for regulated, taxed and legalized marijuana in Washington. He says that the strict regulations are producing the benefits Washington residents hoped for and encourages Oregonians to take the legalization leap as well.
Urquhart’s territory as King County Sheriff includes Seattle and over 1.9 million residents. The state saw legalization take effect this year. He points out goals that he has seen fulfilled under Washington’s Initiative 502 framework.
“[T]ax dollars are going to schools and police, not the drug cartels.
Wasteful arrests are way down.
DUIs are down.
Drug prevention programs are getting funds.”
New Approach Oregon, the group responsible for the Yes on 91 campaign, provided a breakdown of how legalization has affected Washington and Colorado as the first two states to legalize. In addition to the benefits in Washington, the group touts reports of teen marijuana use, traffic fatalities and crime rates decreasing.
“It’s your vote, not mine, but it’s working here.” says Urquhart.