Jeffrey Steinborn, Seattle's leading pot-defense attorney, was sitting at his desk overlooking Elliott Bay in early March when a client in his mid-30s walked into the office. The man had recently been convicted of possessing pot for personal use. "He went up to this place north of Seattle where they have this shelter full of abused puppies they are trying to get rid of," Steinborn says. "They wouldn't give him a puppy. They turned him down for a pot conviction."Howie P.S.: Yesterday, Barack Obama revealed his lack of audacity on this issue. Hopefully, the political climate in Washington state will be more conducive to change than it is on the national level on this issue. The Seattle PI has a story this morning that seems to support this view: "Change in D.C. stirs state drug policy debate-King County Prosecutor won't oppose pot decriminalization effort." Andrew Sullivan was not pleased with the discussion on this topic at Obama's "Live Internet Video Chat." Here's some video of Obama's answer:
And when it comes to money, the lousy economy is an asset. Lawmakers and the public are looking for ways to save cash. "Things that were seen as politically impossible are now seen as being needed to be put on the table anyway," says Nadelmann. "It is an ideal time for an initiative, because people question why we are spending taxpayer dollars trying to enforce an unenforceable prohibition."