A Marijuana Revolt?

From his porch overlooking Seattle’s Lake Union and Interstate 5, former U.S. attorney John McKay can see tractor trailers speeding down the highway. McKay has strong suspicions about the cargo some of them are carrying.

“I know that there are trucks going down that freeway filled with marijuana,” says McKay, who until 2007 was western Washington’s chief federal law enforcement official responsible for prosecuting drug crimes, including marijuana trafficking over the U.S.-British Columbia border.

Now a law professor, McKay is a leading supporter of Washington’s Initiative 502, which would decriminalize and regulate recreational marijuana use by adults. “I know the federal government does not have a plan to eliminate this income stream to the drug cartels,” he says. “The only thing I think will change [federal marijuana policy] is when states begin to revolt.”

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