Illegal Pot Shops Need Rooting Out In Pierce County

WASHINGTON:  Wonder of wonders: King County, epicenter of the state’s drug culture, has begun cracking down on illegal marijuana dispensaries.

Pierce County? It’s still doing next to nothing about them – even as it prohibits legal marijuana stores.

King County’s prosecutor, Dan Satterberg, and sheriff, John Urquhart, have put two and two together: Now that the state has more than 150 licensed marijuana retailers (with more on the way), it might just be time to start shuttering the hundreds of storefronts and delivery services that have been operating outside the law.

“The law is now clear,” said Satterberg earlier this month. “The only way to sell marijuana is with a state-issued license. It’s binary.”


Washington State Sheriff Endorses Oregon Marijuana Regulation Measure

WASHINGTON:  The Sheriff of King County, which includes the greater Seattle area, has taken the unprecedented step of endorsing a marijuana regulation measure on the ballot in the state next door.

King County Sheriff John Urquhart supported Washington state’s successful 2012 initiative to regulate marijuana, and he said he supports Oregon’s Measure 91 because Washington state’s regulated approach to marijuana is working.

“Month by month, tax dollars are going to schools and police, not the drug cartels,” Urquhart says in a new ad from Oregon’s Yes on 91 campaign. “Wastefularrests are way down. DUIs are down.  Drug prevention programs are getting funds. Strict regulations are working.”

The ad featuring Urquhart will hit airwaves on Wednesday as part of a $2 million plus TV blitz paid for by the Yes on 91 campaign. It’s the third spot that the campaign has rolled out in recent months featuring law enforcement officers.