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Gov. Chris Gregoire likes new medical marijuana bill

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on May 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm with 8 Comments »
May 5, 2011 3:09 pm

Gov. Chris Gregoire today gave a thumbs-up to the new medical-marijuana proposal developing in the Senate, the offspring of the legislation she gutted last week.

Gregoire said Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles‘s latest creation is “absolutely mindful” of the reason for the governor’s partial veto: that state employees might be prosecuted.

But before the bill can be heard in special session, Gregoire said she wants the leaders of the Legislature’s four party caucuses to agree to take it up. “I’ve indicated to the senator I’m a go,” she said, “but you’ve got to get the other ‘four corners’ to say they’re a go as well.”

At least one corner is balking: House GOP Leader Richard DeBolt said in a statement, “Passing legislation dealing with marijuana laws is not the priority for House Republicans. Our priority for the special session is to  balance the state’s budget without increasing taxes and to adopt workers’ compensation reforms to help get Washington working again.”

Of course, the Legislature can take up whatever bills it wants, and Kohl-Welles today she plans to introduce a bill next week and get it moving as quickly as possible. If it makes it to the House, majority Democrats are willing to take it up, Majority Leader Pat Sullivan said.

So the question is whether Gregoire’s mandate for bipartisan agreement would lead her to pull out the veto pen again.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. The GOPs favorite excuse has always been “oops too late to vote on it , this session.

  2. gypski says:

    Please do your part if you use cannabis for medical reason or recreational reasons. I’m providing a link for the I-1149 pdf. You can have it printed for $0.60 per sheet 11X17 double sided.


    Register to vote online: http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/en/voterinformation/Pages/RegistertoVote.aspx

    Let’s let the people decide.

  3. truthbusterguy says:

    The legislative (D) leaders are screwed up. Balance the darn budget and send the crew home. You have done enough damage already.Work only the priorties and stop wasting time.


  4. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Just like “OH-Bummer”, this socialist democrat doesn’t get the picture!! Unless the passage of legislation approving medical use of marijuana is going to create jobs for all the unemployed and welfare recipients, Gregoire, like “OH-Bummer” has her priorities hosed again!

  5. eugene jaskar says:

    Hey Gov, we elected you to lead. cozying up to all of the differing groups is not leading. make your stand versus one of accomodation to one and all. recommend you take a look at the historical success of various prohibitions throughout history; prohibition versus education does not work.

  6. Esoteric Knowledge says:

    Some ammunition for the smart people out there who fight against the stupid:

    Unless you want to claim you are God, no individual or group has the authority to illegalize a plant.


    Only cowards are afraid of plants.

  7. lovethemountains says:

    Sorry joell, I have to agree with the R’s on this issue at this time. Forget fooling around with the medical MJ or outright legalization of MJ and get on with getting this state out of the disastrous financial situation we are in. Legislative time is valuable and expensive.

    I am supportive of the legalization of MJ but it has to be done right and garner the support of the majority of WA citizens. The feds, right now, are the stumbling block in passing reasonable legislation. Work on the U.S. house and senatorial representatives to get their head out of their dark place and legalize, nationwide, marijuana or allow states to do so.

  8. so what debolt is so ignorant that he cant see if they legalize medical marijuana coops/collectives it will provide taxes and employment for washington workers lets do the math… 30 pot clubs in tacoma paying taxes quarterly at lets say 5000 ( im sure its double that ) 150000 ever quarter multiply that by 4 over a half a million per city that allow medical marijuana collectives!!!!! plus all the added money stimulating washington and not some foriegn business owners! its all coming back to our community! what dont our elected officals understand we the people want marijuana we will get it no matter if its legal or not…why not just do away with prohibtion and lets turn this recessesion around… also theres 100’s of collectivwes that can and will employee people who havent worked in forever making another industry that can make america thrive!!!

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