Washington: Seattle Times Endorsing Marijuana Legalization Bill
By KING 5 News
SEATTLE – The Seattle Times is endorsing a bill in the Washington state Legislature to legalize marijuana, in an editorial to be published this Sunday.
The paper is coming out in favor of House Bill 1550, which would make it legal to sell pot in liquor stores.
The editorial comes just days after Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said he has stopped prosecuting user-level possession cases.
Legalizing pot would be at odds with federal law and it goes against what most in law enforcement believe -- that pot is a dangerous drug. But the Times editorial board says legalization is really a pro-law enforcement move.
"If you legalize it, then the growers, the distributors, they become part of the regulated system where law enforcement has more control," said Kate Riley with The Seattle Times.