WA and CO to Feds: Back Off Legalization!

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In the wake of the administration’s recent announcement of “greater enforcement” for adult-use states, the governors of both Washington and Colorado have announced they intend to defy the federal government — should the feds try to wreak havoc on their voter-approved legalized marijuana.

Citing a desire to be on the right side of history and defend their constituents’ constitutional rights, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper have both spoken out publicly regarding their intentions to resist any efforts by the Department of Justice to crack down on their state-sanctioned reform.

Colorado’s Constitutional Case:

Forcefully defending the 55% of his constituents who initially supported Amendment 64, Gov. Hickenlooper spoke out on Sunday to “Meet The Press.” Explaining the personal use and regulation of marijuana for adults over the age of 21 is a now a critical part of their state’s constitution, Gov. Hickenlooper put it simply for Chuck Todd; “I took a solemn oath to support our constitution.”

Initially resistant to the idea of recreational legalization in the Centennial State, Colorado’s Gov. explained how his overt reluctance to supporting legalization – based on misguided and preconceived notions – is slowly changing; “I mean, I don’t think I’m quite there yet, but we have made a lot of progress. We didn’t see a spike in teenage use. If anything, it’s come down in the last year.

With eyes NOW wide open, Hickenlooper enlightened the national audience on Colorado’s experimentation with legalization:

“We’re getting anecdotal reports of less drug dealers. I mean, that’s — if you get rid of that black market, you got tax revenues to deal with addictions and some of the unintended consequences of legalized marijuana, maybe this system is better than what was admittedly a pretty bad system to begin with.”

In agreement with Gov. Hickenlooper, results of a national poll by Quinnipiac University published last week demonstrates that 71% of surveyed voters said the feds should NOT roll out federal law in states that have legalized medicinal or adult-use marijuana.

Washington vs. Trump Administration:

First asking the Trump administration to avoid “the wrong side of history” in early February, Gov. Jay Inslee has now unleashed Washington’s Atty. Gen. Bob Ferguson in defense of the state’s adult-use marijuana laws, according to the Seattle Times.

“I will resist any efforts by the Trump administration to undermine the will of the voters in Washington State.”

Geared up and ready for battle with real facts and figures, Ferguson points to Washington’s diminished black-market marijuana sales and its strictly regulated industry. Anticipated to rake in just north of $270 million for fiscal 2017 by reforming their adult-use pot laws, Washington has seriously curbed illegal drug cartel activity in many municipalities and has freed up law enforcement to protect and serve their local communities.

About Author

Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.

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  1. “Since 2013, law officials say, they have busted 88 drug cartel operations across the state, and just last year law-enforcement made a bust that recovered $12 million in illegal marijuana.” Adds Coffman: “That’s crime we hadn’t previously had in Colorado.”
    http://fortune.com/pot-marijuana-colorado/

    And Hickenlooper says there are reports of “less drug dealers” LOL “LESS” drug dealers? He not only doesn’t know the facts, he also doesn’t know his grammar. But Hickenlooper has never been accused of being an intellectual. Remember the great fire in Colo. Spgs several years ago when they wanted to get Hickenlooper’s comment and when they put the microphone in his face he literally didn’t know what to say! True story. What a hoot!

    • So, Jane , would you support ending the state- legal markets and diverting every last dime spent purchasing cannabis to street dealers and the cartels?

      Not all street dealers are gone, sure, but given the sheer volume of state- legal sales it is reasonable to conclude that the black market’s market share in cannabis has decreased very significantly.

      People “illegally” distill alcohol and sell the resulting product, even though there are state- legal markets for alcohol, so is that an argument in favor of the prohibition of alcohol?

      In other words, unless the state- legal markets rid the streets of every last dealer you are in favor of returning cannabis sales to the street dealers?

      Prohibitionist arguments make no sense whatsoever.

      And please don’t try to say I put any words in your mouth. Your above post, and other statements you have made, make it entirely clear where you stand. At least take ownership of your position.

      Still not clear how you can be so against the “left” when you advocate for big, unconstitutional, intrusive government. But that is your mental burden to bear.

    • Jane, your obsession with controlling others is astounding… You never answered my question on a previous post, “Why do you need the government to protect you from yourself, or people from their own personal consumption choices?” I also have a new question for you, Why do you support communist socialist authoritarian ideology?

    • Lawrence Goodwin on

      Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper can be forgiven for not knowing the difference between less drug-dealing and fewer drug dealers. Those are exceedingly common mistakes with grammar that, on a regular basis, I personally hear said by other people in conversation. Plus, Hickenlooper cited as evidence “anecdotal reports” and did not state such findings as established fact.

      You, Jane, cannot be forgiven for your relentless determination to ignore the history of cannabis plants in the United States. That includes, in part, the ongoing federal, state and local waste of resources that is the anti-“marihuana” war. Unfortunately, the “cartels” that you cite will keep popping up precisely because the U.S. Congress DOES NOT REPEAL its “marihuana” tyranny.

      Our leaders were smart enough to end alcohol Prohibition after only 13 years (1920 to 1933)—through the extremely complicated process of passing constitutional amendments. Here, all they have to do is simply erase the fraudulent word “marihuana” in the Controlled Substances Act. For almost 80 years, that Mexican Spanish slang word—do you not see the rank hypocrisy today, Jane, of wielding such a legal term as we aim to wall off the Mexican border?—was written into federal code by complete idiots and heartless bureaucrats.

      Every passing day of federal inaction on the “marihuana” fraud is the real crime.

    • Oliver Steinberg on

      This troll (or trollop) is a little too shaky on grammar and punctuation, in her or his too-prolific posts on this site, to be thought entirely sober, though perhaps the defects are the result of deficient education due to GOP wrecking of the school systems. She, he, or it is probably on somebody’s payroll, considering its obsessive frequent posts here. Like other pathetic Know-Nothings, it makes a living, of sorts, by regurgitating half-baked, half-digested prohibitionist claptrap. But only anonymously. Anonymity is the shield of cowards and the refuge of haters. Those who don’t have the courage or integrity to take responsibility for their statements do not deserve to be respected or taken seriously. The signers of the Declaration of Independence risked their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. Trolls like this risk nothing, and deserve nothing but contempt.

  2. I figure these won’t be the first states, which will defy what Trump is trying to do. I also have a feeling, that other states will see what the legal states are doing, and purposely make it even more difficult for the FEDs, making it legal, so as to have more join the fight.

    Cannabis will end up legal, no matter what Trump thinks he can or can not do.

    It is time to listen to the majority of the country, and finally just legalize Cannabis.

  3. Hello Jane. Amazing how you came up with these amazing figures. It just shows you that since legalization has been established ,by a forward thinking State , how much more effort and law enforcement resources can be put into effect to combat the cartel influence on American soil. This just goes to show you legalization can and will work. We already have Trumps promise to recognize and respect States rights. And sessions has already agreed that he will carry out his oath of office , which primarily is to protect the citizens of the united state. and our borders. Thank you so much for baring witness to this great triumph that will not only free our minds , but free the persecuted of our great country. Thanks again.

  4. Richard Deeter on

    If president trump had crohns disease , as I do, he would legalize it tomorrow. I cannot eat without pot and have severe pains in my stomach without it, I’m sick and tired of the fighting over this miracle put here by God . Meanwhile, politicians sit and debate this with their cocktails, millions in pain suffer. To our elected officials, shame on you.

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