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2. It has been over 30 years since a Republican bas been elected governor. That is not a natural state of being for even ultra blue states like Vermont, which had a GOP gov up until 2011 or very red states like Oklahoma, which had a Dem gov until 2011. Voters generally like the sweep in and sweep out of alternating executive control.
My expectation is that Obama and the Feds will shut down Washington's 'budding' marijuana industry (at the behest of these monied groups) by threatening all sorts of dire consequences for Washington if the state proceeds with legalization. Gov. Inslee will never let the law be implemented and use the threats from the Feds as a justification. It'll be a real nice dog and pony show. I'm sure there is already a plan in place for post-legal Washington State and Inslee knows enough of the details to realize that as Governor, he can't set himself up to be on the wrong side of the crack down. Hence his anti-marijuana position as a candidate.
Usually I would agree but I have to say I'm not so sure this time.
The distinct impression I've gotten from the Feds in regards to the legalization initiatives is apathy. They seem a lot more interested in busting really big dispensaries in California than any of the initiatives that are going on.
Even when directly asked about it on 60 Minutes the best they could muster was that they'll do something about it if it gets really huge and ridiculous. I'm paraphrasing because I can't copy and past from an article, go here(http://www.mainjustice.com/2012/10/22/co…) to read it for yourself.
Compared to 2010 when Attorney General Eric Holder said that he would bust all the pot heads in California this is almost ignoring the issue.