Washington’s Pot Adviser Urges Congress To Stop Commercial Marijuana, But Not Legal Marijuana

WASHINGTON: The top adviser in Washington’s effort to create a legal marijuana market was asked by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to submit his thoughts on “Conflicts Between State and Federal Marijuana Laws.” [Read more…]

Washington’s Pot Adviser Urges Congress To Stop Commercial Marijuana, But Not Legal Marijuana

WASHINGTON: The top adviser in Washington’s effort to create a legal marijuana market was asked by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to submit his thoughts on “Conflicts Between State and Federal Marijuana Laws.” [Read more…]

Pot consultant: Legal pot will work only if police target black market

WASHINGTON:  The stated goal of Washington’s new marijuana law is to stop treating adult pot use as a crime. But Washington’s pot consultant says this experiment in legalization will only work if the police aggressively target the black market. And he’s concerned that won’t happen.

The sponsors of Initiative 502 were clear. They said it was time for a “new approach” to marijuana in Washington. They wanted to allow adult pot use, free up law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes and “take marijuana out of the hands of illegal drug organizations.” But on that last point, the state’s official pot consultant Mark Kleiman says just because there’s a legal market doesn’t mean the black market will disappear overnight. [Read more…]

Pot consultant: Legal pot will work only if police target black market

WASHINGTON:  The stated goal of Washington’s new marijuana law is to stop treating adult pot use as a crime. But Washington’s pot consultant says this experiment in legalization will only work if the police aggressively target the black market. And he’s concerned that won’t happen.

The sponsors of Initiative 502 were clear. They said it was time for a “new approach” to marijuana in Washington. They wanted to allow adult pot use, free up law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes and “take marijuana out of the hands of illegal drug organizations.” But on that last point, the state’s official pot consultant Mark Kleiman says just because there’s a legal market doesn’t mean the black market will disappear overnight. [Read more…]