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Congressman Reichert on supporting legal pot: ‘I can’t do it’

dave reichertSEATTLE — When it comes to legalized pot, Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., a former King County sheriff, argues that Washington state is headed down a dangerous path.

“I believe that the revenue projected has been way overestimated, I don’t believe that the drug cartels are going to give up this business that easily,” he said. “So, we could see some undercutting of prices, and I think there will be other problems.”

Does that then mean the solution is that the federal government should shut this experiment down before it even gets off the ground?

“I think it was a bad decision,” Reichert said. “I think it’s going to crumble here in the state of Washington.

“I’ll be very clear: I am not going to assist the federal government in any way in finding a solution to the conflict between the state and federal law — I can’t do it.”

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8 comments

  • Doug Murray

    So.. He thinks the will of the people of the state of Washington is wrong and his opinion matters more. Time for him to GO. Typical republican narcissist. This really upsets me. This man is a representative of our state, the people of our state have voted on an issue and he should be representing the will of the people. Instead, he is a typical piece of shit republican congressman trying to push his own agenda after the people have spoken. He needs to be fired or voted out immediately. We are tired of house republican representatives doing what they want. THEY HAVE TO GO.

  • David

    For it or against it, the people of the great state of Washington voted for this, if he is unwilling to represent us then we need to vote in someone who will be our voice. Bad move on his part. The tax revenue created is one piece of this, the second is what will be the cost savings for not jailing people and tieing up our court system with misdemeanor pot offenses? See you Riechert, I helped vote you in and not I will help vote you out.

  • Smoley

    I have no problem with him standing by his convictions. We'll see if it makes a difference in 2014, but I doubt that his stand on this one issue will amount to anything.

    I wouldn't be surprised if his staff has done their due diligence and they know that this single issue would not cause enough of his supporters in his district to vote for a democrat in 2014, and it certainly isn't enough to bump a five-term incumbent out of the top-two primary.

    Besides, I get the feeling that most of the folks lambasting him in this thread, if they're even in the 8th CD, wouldn't have voted for him anyway.

  • South Seattle

    I agree with Smoley that most detractors on this thread wouldn't normally vote for him but I am more apt to contribute against him now for sure.