This week on “The Impact”:
A lawsuit over the local ban on recreational marijuana shops in unincorporated Clark County could have statewide implications. In the first case to reach the appellate court level, the county’s pot store prohibition was upheld. The plaintiff is planning to appeal to the Washington State Supreme Court.
Statement from plaintiff John Larson: “We respectfully disagree with the Court’s decision. We will appeal to the Supreme Court. Sticky’s Pot Shop will remain open while the appeal is pending.”
The crux of the argument goes to the core of I-502. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson joins us to share his take on the issue.
“Somewhat oddly if you support the legalization of marijuana in Washington state and want to spread it across the country you actually want to allow local jurisdictions to be able to have the authority to ban the sale in their jurisdictions if they want,” said Ferguson. “You allow for that expression at the local level you never… the courts never have to reach that larger issue the existential threat to marijuana legalization.”
Next we highlight the Lummi Nation’s efforts to relocate a Florida based killer whale to the waters where she was born after nearly half a century in captivity and the response from the Miami, Florida facility which objects to the plan.
Then we sit down with Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal to talk about school funding and accountability following the recent K-12 budget infusion approved by the state legislature.
“Every single school in this state will have a report card of their own,” said Reykdal.