Seattle Mayor McGinn Urges Marijuana Legalization as State Mulls New Medical Cannabis Regulations

“As Washington lawmakers ponder ways to streamline the state’s medical marijuana regulations, Seattle’s mayor is calling for the legalization of cannabis – a move that would have both positive and negative repercussions for MMJ dispensaries.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said yesterday during his State of the City address that marijuana contributes heavily to crime and fuels violent activity, adding that it’s time for big changes in cannabis laws and the creation of “sensible” pot policies.

“We support safe access to medical marijuana and made enforcement of possession of marijuana for personal purposes our lowest enforcement priority,” McGinn said, according to the text of his speech. “But we’ve learned in the past year that with the federal war on drugs still intact, and with our kids still getting gunned down on the streets, we need to do more.

“I know every one of the city council members sitting to my left and right believe as I do: it’s time for this state to legalize marijuana and stop the violence, stop the incarceration, stop the erosion of civil liberties, and urge the federal government to stop the failed war on drugs.”

The mayor and Seattle’s City Council have been supportive of medical marijuana in general, working to make sure that registered patients have access to cannabis via dispensaries.”

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