Senator: Share Marijuana Money To Fight Crime

WASHINGTON:  Republican Sen. Ann Rivers of La Center is earning a reputation in Olympia as the lawmaker determined to tame the state’s great weed experiment she’s dubbed the “wild, wild West” of pot.

One of her biggest priorities: giving local cities and counties a cut of the tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales to boost public safety efforts.

“They are playing the game, they should get a cut of the take, from my perspective,” Rivers said.

And some of the stories she’s shared to illustrate the need — an armed intruder in a home invasion who “pistol whipped” a woman in an attempt to steal marijuana — sound barbarous.

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