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Friday, April 29, 2011

State Employees Say Veto Med-Pot Bill

Posted by on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 11:38 AM

A letter hand delivered to Governor Chris Gregoire by the Washington Federation of State Employees yesterday asks her to veto—in its entirety—a medical-marijuana bill on the governor's desk. "State workers, our members, would therefore by placed in the precarious position of enforcing a state law which could potentially lead to their prosecution under federal law," says the letter signed by the AFSCME executive director Greg Devereux, referring to portions of the bill that would require the state Dept of Health to issue licenses to dispensaries and growers.

The letter is here.

What remains unclear is why the union would send this letter. Specifically, did the governor's office ask the union to send this letter?

Neither the governor's spokesman Scott Whiteaker or AFSCME's Devereux has responded to that question this morning. But the letter serves as a politically well-timed tool to justify a veto.

Yet for context, it's worth keeping in mind that the reason this issue of federal enforcement against state workers came up is because Gregoire asked federal prosecutors if state employees were immune from prosecution. When prosecutors said they weren't (immunity is rarely granted to anyone other than law-enforcement officials), Gregoire then claimed prosecutors "would" charge state employees—a plainly dishonest characterization of events. The law is clear that they wouldn't be prosecuted. Now it's unclear if, once again, Gregoire has requested a letter that serves her agenda to kill this bill that would help medical marijuana patients and their caretakers.


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Will in Seattle 1
My guess is they did.

Cause most of us, like most citizens of WA, want it legalized.
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 29, 2011 at 11:43 AM · Report this
Circular firing squad on the Left: fire!
Posted by hmmmmm on April 29, 2011 at 11:45 AM · Report this
It's essential to remember that if Obama wasn't doing this...…

...none of this would be an issue.
Posted by LJM on April 29, 2011 at 11:56 AM · Report this
america is a great place to be a right-winger. you've got 2 completely reactionary corporate-funded political parties to choose from. the lunatic fringe party & the party that pretends it is liberal. bummer of a country to have a vote in if you aren't a right-winger, though.
Posted by philosophy school dropout on April 29, 2011 at 12:07 PM · Report this
what are the chances the legislature can override the veto?
Posted by ruthw on April 29, 2011 at 12:30 PM · Report this
OuterCow 6
Way to go out of your way to make things more difficult for sick people because of an imagined threat, AFSCME!
Posted by OuterCow on April 29, 2011 at 2:36 PM · Report this

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