The Governor of Colorado, who opposed his state's marijuana legalization measure, plans to get on the phone with the Justice Department today and has been cautioning his state's citizens not to "break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly."
Washington Governor Chris Gregoire? She's a bit more relaxed about the whole thing.
Gregoire’s staff, along with the state attorney general and the Liquor Control Board, is instead planning to meet internally first regarding Initiative 502, said her spokesman, Cory Curtis. “We obviously have to have the conversation” with the Justice Department, said Curtis. “There’s this cloud hanging over it, no pun intended..."
Curtis said contact with the Justice Department will likely begin through the state attorney general and the Liquor Control Board, which is the lead agency in setting up I-502′s state-licensed marijuana stores. AG spokeswoman Janelle Guthrie said the agencies have not met to game-plan for I-502.
This is yet another realm in which the saying is true: elections have consequences. Imagine how different this would be going here in Washington State if we had a Governor Elect Rob McKenna and an Attorney General Elect Reagan Dunn.