SEATTLE (AP)-- Pro-marijuana supporters rallied outside of the Seattle Times Frday in response to a meeting between the editorial board of The Times, and Gil Kerlikowske, the Director for the White House Office of National Drug Control.
The Times recently endorsed marijuana legalization, and Kerlikowske, who is also the former Seattle Police Chief, opposes marijuana legalization.
Kerlikowske says chronic marijuana use is linked to mental illness and other health problems, and argues that legalizing cannabis would not be the cure-all proponents make it out to be because the black market would adapt to offer tax-free marijuana.
The Washington Legislature is considering whether to allow marijuana sales through state liquor stores. Proponents argue that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, and that prohibition has cost taxpayers exorbitantly while doing nothing to reduce the drug's availability.