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Thursday, January 31, 2013

City Attorney Tom Carr Seeks to Ban Pot Stores Even Though They Will Be Legal This Year

Posted by on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 12:53 PM

As the City Attorney of Seattle, Tom Carr used his pulpit to campaign against a pot initiative I was running in 2003. Carr said that I-75, which proposed making pot possession the city's lowest enforcement priority, was bad for children and sent a message to ignore state law. He contended that cops and prosecutors shouldn't be influenced by a municipal advisory measure. "This undermines the rule of law and our democratic system," he wrote in one of several anti-I-75 articles. "Change is possible. We can work to make change happen but I-75 is not the way."

If we wanted change—if we wanted legalization, which he didn't oppose—Carr argued the way to do it was by reforming state law. Voters didn't listen to him: They passed I-75 and jettisoned Carr from office, electing pro-legalization Pete Holmes by a two-to-one margin. Now Carr is in Colorado as the city attorney of Boulder.

So what happened when Carr, ostensibly, got exactly what he wanted last fall? What happened when Colorado—just like Washington State—legalized marijuana at the state level with regulated stores and the whole bit? The Denver Post reports:

In a memo to the City Council, City Attorney Tom Carr and Senior Assistant City Attorney Kathy Haddock recommend the city not allow recreational marijuana retail stores in the city for at least the next two years.

Two-thirds of the voters in Boulder supported the legalization law—a law that takes effect this year, not one to be delayed two years. And if Carr had remained in office, he'd probably be doing the same thing in Seattle: trying to ban pot stores despite the wishes of voters. The problem with Carr isn't that he thinks pot should be legalized at the state level (he balks whether its a city law or a state law), it's that he's irrationally anti-pot. And Carr doesn't give a shit about what voters say about it.

Votes matter. And voters were smart to push Carr out of town.

Sorry, Boulder.


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Will in Seattle 1
Why does he hate freedom so?

I knew I shouldn't have bought him that beer.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM · Report this
pfffter 2
Well, according to your zoning article the other day, they pretty much will be banned in seattle too. He wouldn't need to do anything here.
Posted by pfffter on January 31, 2013 at 12:59 PM · Report this
God must really hate Tom. First he sends him to Seattle and after rubbing poor Tom's nose in I75 and our zaniness he exiles him to Boulder. Boulder! Of all friggin' places, god sends Tom to a place that's even more pot friendly. If god liked Tom he'd be city attorney in Birmingham or Provo.
Posted by gnossos on January 31, 2013 at 1:28 PM · Report this
dom your an f'ng meemo sometimes who cares its another fucking state talk about eastern washington implementing what we have with 502 before they start putting up fucking border checkpoints and shit.
Posted by tim koch on January 31, 2013 at 2:11 PM · Report this
As I think I've said before, send this man to Texas already! Boulder wasn't far enough away from us. Send him on down farther south where he belongs.
Posted by aiff on January 31, 2013 at 2:44 PM · Report this
im just thinking that 502 could be the thing that helped turn eastern washington blue.
Posted by tim koch on January 31, 2013 at 3:49 PM · Report this
Wtf is this a holes problem? Did he try some good herb and couldnt handle it? Or is he a right wing Christian teabagger?
Posted by S T on January 31, 2013 at 8:34 PM · Report this
some folks just feel the need to loard over the rest of us. apparently he doesn't feel we are mature enough to make such life changing decisions for ourselves! he should spend some time in Mexico with the drug cartels and then decided who he would rather see in our state selling pot; the man with a gun/s or the person wearing t-shirt with a picture of cannabis on it. LOL! Who is he really working for!?
Posted by possum on February 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM · Report this

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