Guess Who Voted In Favor of Legalizing Marijuana in Washington? Some Big Computer Guy…
The Seattle PI recently interviewed this computer mogul, and discovered not only did he vote for legalizing pot, he is "impressed" with the legal marijuana market being set up.
Now, he makes some legitimate points about why he favors it. He told the PI it would squeeze out drug traffickers, and they would make a lot less money.
However, given all the pitfalls and issues that have surfaced with implementing Washington's plan, he might want to rethink his statement. The pot stores were originally supposed to be up and running by last December, over a year after passage of I-502. Now, they might be open by this summer.
The recent opinion offered by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson that individual cities and counties can decide to enact stricter rules and ban pot stores within their boundaries has opened up a whole new potential can of litigation.
If that indeed happens, consumers would have to potentially drive hundreds of miles to obtain their fix. And after Ferguson's ruling, the ACLU piped in, saying they would sue cities and counties if they pass such bans. Then there's the whole medical marijuana issue, and other complications such as zoning, regulations etc.
We know Bill Gates didn't get where he is today with Microsoft by adopting or approving of faulty business plans - despite some occasional misses with their products. So far, the State Liquor Control board and the rest of the legal marijuana system has performed about as well as a floppy disc would in a modern-day current computer. It wouldn't!