Washington state Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson have promised to resist President Trump’s possible weed crackdown.
In an interview with the Seattle Times, Ferguson said he would completely “resist any efforts by the Trump administration to undermine the will of the voters in Washington state.” Last week, both Gov. Inslee and AG Ferguson sent a joint letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that underscored the arguments in favor of allowing Washington state to keep its recreational marijuana laws, which are bringing in almost $300 million in tax revenue.
“Our state’s efforts to regulate the sale of marijuana are succeeding. A few years ago, the illegal trafficking of marijuana line the pockets of criminals everywhere,” the letter stated. “Now, in our state, illegal trafficking activity is being displaced by a closely regulated marijuana industry that pays hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes.”
“This frees up significant law enforcement resources to protect our communities in other, more pressing ways. We urge [the Department of Justice] to continue to allow states the option to pursue these sensible policies,” Inslee and Ferguson wrote.
States with recreational marijuana laws could be under attack by the Department of Justice after Sean Spicer’s comment that those states could see “greater enforcement” of federal marijuana laws, while saying the administration would trust AG Sessions’ judgment on the issue. For his part, Sessions was unclear about his position on fighting state marijuana laws during his confirmation, but has said in the past that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
In addition to Washington state, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Oregon all have recreational marijuana laws on the books and may join Washington state’s resistance to the crackdown.
Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.