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Feb-28-2011 20:17printcomments

White House Requests Meeting with Seattle Times to Bully Against Pro-Pot Editorials

The ex-Washingtonian is expected Friday to discuss pot with the paper.

Gil Kerlikowske going to Seattle

(SEATTLE) - The Stranger.com has learned that immediately after the Seattle Times ran an editorial last week supporting a bill to tax and regulate marijuana, the newspaper got a phone call from Washington, D.C.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske wanted to fly to Seattle to speak personally with the paper's full editorial board.

The meeting is scheduled for next Friday, an apparent attempt by the federal government to pressure the state's largest newspaper to oppose marijuana legalization. Or at least turn down the volume on its new-found bullhorn to legalize pot.

Bruce Ramsey, the Seattle Times editorial writer who wrote the unbylined piece, says the White House called “right after our editorial ran, so I drew the obvious conclusion... he didn’t like our editorial.”

“MARIJUANA should be legalized, regulated and taxed,” the newspaper wrote on February 18. “The push to repeal federal prohibition should come from the states, and it should begin with the state of Washington."

This isn't the first time the Obama Administration has campaigned to keep pot illegal. Kerlikowske, who is also Seattle's former police chief, also traveled to California last fall to campaign against Prop 19, a measure to decriminalize marijuana and authorize jurisdictions to tax and regulate it.

Is the Seattle Times the more reticent to speak up? Apparently not. It ran another pro-pot editorial in Friday’s paper.

Kerlikowske's office has not yet responded to a request for comment from The Stranger.




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Conservative Christian March 3, 2011 10:28 am (Pacific time)

Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators for using a little marijuana. None of us would want to see our parent's home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants to ease the aches and pains of growing older. It's time to stop putting our own families in jail. It's time to let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, and it's nice to see our culture coming to terms with this in a more wholesome fashion. This will go a long way toward putting the criminal drug gangs out of business for good!


Hazel March 1, 2011 12:18 pm (Pacific time)

I've read in several sources that marijuana users aren't susceptible to mind control and that's the true reason for it being kept illegal. In the mk ultra program the slaves were allowed to use any drug but marijuana (maybe lsd too?).


Hazel March 1, 2011 12:16 pm (Pacific time)

I've read in several sources that marijuana users aren't susceptible to mind control and that's the true reason for it being kept illegal. In the mk ultra program the slaves were allowed to use any drug but marijuana (maybe lsd too?).

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