Legalizing Marijuana Has Been A ‘Uniformly Positive’ Move In Washington State, Governor Says

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Washington State’s experience with marijuana legalization has been “uniformly positive,” the governor said in a new interview, adding that one of the only things he would’ve done differently is embrace the reform sooner. Gov. Jay Inslee (D) was asked by a Politico reporter last week about whether Mexico’s recent push to legalize cannabis nationwide could create competition with Washington’s market and if, looking back, he’d have changed anything with his own state’s roll-out of the policy. “What I would say is that our experience in Washington has been uniformly positive on any way you score this—from a reduction of unnecessary law enforcement and criminal activity that really wasn’t benefiting our community, on creating jobs in a new industry, on giving people more freedom in their personal decision making with no demonstrable, horrendous health impacts,” he said. “By any measure, it’s been a very successful enterprise.” “As far as the things that I’d do differently, I probably would have embraced this position of decriminalizing it earlier had I known how successful this has been with not any really large increase in juvenile usage, which was a concern while we were debating this,” Inslee, who had opposed legalization during his 2012 gubernatorial run, said. “So I would have done it earlier.” He added that there have been “some challenges” in ensuring that communities most impacted by the drug war have the capital to participate in the legal industry. But the state is “trying to work through that to have a more diverse population of business people in the industry—that’s one of the things we’re working on.” With respect to Mexico, where the Chamber of Deputies approved a revised cannabis legalization bill last week that had cleared the Senate last year, the governor said he’s not especially concerned about the prospect of increased…

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