The War on Weed has reached a fever pitch in Washington state.
The state’s governor and his lieutenant governor have already issued sweeping restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries.
A federal judge ruled that Washington has to stop issuing tax-exempt certificates for recreational pot sales, and the state has also proposed that marijuana businesses must pay sales taxes on a $1.2 billion tax break.
The stakes are high for the state, which has been one of the top producers of medical marijuana in the country, with some $6 billion in annual revenue.
But a new crop of legalization advocates has sprung up, promising to change that.
And while the governor and lieutenant governor are both Democrats, the groups are not aligned with either party.
But they’re not alone in their belief that Washington should move away from marijuana prohibition and embrace a legalization approach.
And they’ve been working hard to get a handle on what that means for the industry, the economy, and society as a whole.
In fact, the two largest marijuana groups in Washington, the Washington Association of Cannabis Dispensaries and the Washington Cannabis Association, are not officially aligned with any political party, but are now engaged in a growing alliance to push for a cannabis-friendly, green-friendly future.
As a result, the state’s marijuana industry is in a unique position to change course.
As the number of legal pot shops increases, it will be able to draw on its growing industry and generate a steady stream of tax revenue for the Department of Revenue, which collects about $20 million a year in marijuana tax revenue.
For the marijuana industry, it’s not just about the revenue.
It’s about how it is managed and how it’s managed in a way that supports the health and safety of the community.
And in Washington and other states that have legalized marijuana, it means a new era of medical-marijuana patients.
“Medical marijuana is a huge part of our economy,” said Mike Stumpf, executive director of the Washington State Association of Medical Marijuana Dispensary.
“We can make a very healthy, vibrant economy that provides good jobs and opportunities for our residents.”
Stumpf said the association has received hundreds of phone calls and email messages from medical marijuana patients in Washington who are looking for a job or looking for an outlet to buy their medical marijuana.
“The cannabis industry is not just a business,” he said.
“It’s a part of the local economy.
It brings in income.”
But it’s also a political issue.
As one of those growing marijuana industries, it has been under siege from the political left and the right for decades.
In 2017, former Vice President Joe Biden was arrested for marijuana possession and has been embroiled in multiple controversies over the past decade.
“I think we’ve gotten a little bit further and we’ve lost some of the distance we once had,” said Robert G. Kohn, a former DEA administrator who is now a lobbyist for the Washington Marijuana Policy Project.
“You have to look at the history of how we got here, and there is a real resistance to this kind of thing.”
Kohn, who is also president of the Marijuana Policy Group, says that while the war on marijuana prohibition has failed, it hasn’t failed the marijuana community.
“That’s why I think it’s important for the next president of this country to have a conversation about what the policy needs to be,” he told me.
“The history of marijuana is the history that has been built on the backs of patients who have been stoned and who have gone to great lengths to get their medicine and get treatment,” Kohn added.
“This has been a huge success for the patients, and we have seen great success for taxpayers.”
In an interview with The Associated Press, Kohn argued that medical marijuana has become an “industry with no clear end in sight” that has not benefited the state.
“We’ve seen a very strong, very bipartisan consensus in the medical marijuana community that it’s something that should be available to patients,” he added.
But he added that the drug war is not going away, even if it’s lessened.
“I think there’s a lot of good that can come out of this and a lot more people should be able access this,” he noted.
“If we don’t get to a place where it’s more of a medical-care thing, I don’t think we’re going to have any more success in the long term.”
A new cannabis industryThe new cannabis boom in Washington is just one example of how Washington is embracing a new approach to the marijuana economy.
The state is home to one of Washington’s largest cannabis industries, and it has one of its largest populations of legal marijuana patients.
But the state is also home to some of Washington State’s poorest communities, with a poverty rate of about 10 percent, according to the state Department of Health.
“Washington is in the middle of the cannabis war,” said Jim Sperling, who has served as chief of staff for the governor.