Supporters, foes debate marijuana initiative

If there’s one thing Washington state residents can agree on when it comes to marijuana it’s this: Marijuana regulation is hazy, at best.

However, a panel of law enforcement and public health experts was divided in how to clarify, or fix, regulation in a debate held April 26 at Mukilteo City Hall on Initiative 502, which would regulate and tax marijuana similarly to liquor. About 70 people attended the debate.

John McKay, a sponsor of the initiative, said that after serving as a U.S. attorney in Seattle for several years, he sees marijuana legalization as a better solution to the “complete failure” of prohibition. He said marijuana prohibition has not only failed – it’s dangerous.

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