Former US Attorney Pushing For Pot Legalization.

Posted: June 22, 2011 in News
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Honestly its about time someone who works in the government stepped up and spoke the truth about how much of a joke Marijuana prohibition is.  Full article here –> Former Seattle US attorney pushes pot legalization

John McKay spent five years enforcing federal drug laws as the U.S. attorney in Seattle before he was fired by the Bush administration in early 2007. He told The Associated Press on Tuesday that laws criminalizing marijuana are wrongheaded because they create an enormous black market exploited by international cartels and crime rings.

“That’s what drives my concern: The black market fuels the cartels, and that’s what allows them to buy the guns they use to kill people,” McKay said. “A lot of Americans smoke pot and they’re willing to pay for it. I think prohibition is a dumb policy, and there are a lot of line federal prosecutors who share the view that the policy is suspect.”

New Approach Washington planned a news conference Wednesday to announce the effort. No state has legalized marijuana for recreational purposes in such a way, though some have decriminalized it, and the initiative would put Washington squarely at odds with federal law banning the drug.

Taxing marijuana sales would bring the state $215 million a year, conservatively estimated, Holmes said.

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