Today, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire will meet with Deputy Attorney General James Cole to discuss the legalization of marijuana in the Evergreen State.
Cory Curtis, spokesman for Gregoire, told the press that during the meeting, the Governor will look for direction from the federal government about how marijuana legalization should best be handled.
He explained, “Our goal is to respect the will of the voters, but give us some clarity.”
Gregoire had already planned to be in Washington DC for a meeting with the Council of Governors and Army Lt. Gen. Frank Grass at the Pentagon to discuss the National Guard, as well as a meeting with Energy Secretary Steven Chu to discuss a leak at Hanford, the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site.
The meeting with Deputy Attorney General Cole was added to Governor Gregoire’s schedule at the last minute.
Curtis told the press, “Our biggest concern is that the state has a fairly big startup cost in creating the whole licensing and regulating scheme around this We want some clarity on this before we get a year down the road on the process.”