Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said in a speech today that his is all for the legalization of marijuana saying in the illegal trade in drugs was fueling crime in the city. In his “State of the City” address, the mayor said “It is time we were honest about the problems we face with the drug trade. Drugs are a source of criminal profit, and that has led to shootings and even murders. Just like we learned in the 1920s with the prohibition of alcohol, prohibition of marijuana is fueling violent activity,” the mayor said in the written version of his speech. He added that the war on drugs “fuels a biased incarceration policy. The drug war’s victims are predominantly young men of color.”
Decline and recovery from the recession and the pressure funding cuts have put on city services and workers was the main thing addressed in his speech which, but the mayor’s focus on crime in the streets brought out the most reaction, according to the Seattle Times.
“Seattle is the kind of place that isn’t afraid to try a different approach. We support safe access to medical marijuana and made enforcement of possession of marijuana for personal purposes our lowest enforcement priority. But we’ve learned in the past year that with the federal war on drugs still intact, and with our kids still getting gunned down on the streets, we need to do more. “I know every one of the city council members sitting to my left and right believe as I do: it’s time for this state to legalize marijuana, and stop the violence, stop the incarceration, stop the erosion of civil liberties, and urge the federal government to stop the failed war on drugs.”