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Editorial: Give pot laws chance to prove their worth

Editorial: Give pot laws chance to prove their worth

August 31, 2014 in Opinion

n a closely watched court case, a local ban on marijuana commerce was upheld and a larger threat to the voter-approved state law was averted – for now.

On Friday, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper ruled that the ban imposed by the small town of Fife did not violate the rights of a prospective pot proprietor. Our view is that communities ought to honor the will of the voters – 53 percent of Fife voters supported Initiative 502 – but we won’t argue with the analysis of the judge or the state attorney general, who agreed that if sponsors wanted to compel local governments to allow pot commerce, the initiative should have been written to say so.

Our main concern was with the zealotry of Fife’s backup plan if the judge had ruled the other way. Had that had happened, Fife officials wanted the judge to invalidate the entire law based on the argument that it didn’t align with the federal prohibition under the Controlled Substances Act. In other words, Fife’s leaders wanted to stop legal sales everywhere if they couldn’t stop it in their town.

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