City Attorney Pete Holmes can't be in Olympia today at the hearing for a bill to allow medical-marijuana dispensaries. Instead he wrote a six-page letter (.pdf), arguing that pot stores should be allowed, sick folks shouldn't be arrested, and even that he's in favor of "legalization, taxation, and regulation of marijuana for adult recreational use along the lines that alcohol is currently legal, taxed, and regulated."

Good work, Mr. Holmes.

Specifically to the issue of dispensaries—which will proliferate in Seattle if this bill is approved—Holmes writes that the bill "would create a rational and responsible supply and distribution chain for medical marijuana by allowing and regulating dispensaries, production facilities, and processing facilities. The current system is neither rational nor regulated. My office, other City of Seattle departments, and other cities and counties are regularly asked how to legally open a dispensary or distribution system (there is no clear answer, nor can any one public official provide a conclusive answer under the current law), and I have heard of several efforts to create private identification cards for medical marijuana users."

"[A]ny comprehensive reform must include a legislatively established, rational, and regulated supply and distribution chain as well as clear guidelines for law enforcement and courts so that medical marijuana is no longer suspended in this legal gray area," Holmes writes.