The law there goes into effect Dec. 9. Gregoire’s spokesman, Cory Curtis, said the governor has questions about what Washington should do in the next month.
Colorado Amendment 64 would take effect 30 days after the secretary of state certifies the initiative, which will be Jan. 5, according to Brown.
Marijuana distribution is the largest source of revenue for the Mexican cartels, according to law enforcement officials.
Lawrence Payne, DEA spokesman, said that more marijuana is seized at the southwest border than any other illegal drug from Mexico. Last year, 1,962,285 kilos of marijuana were seized compared with 23 ,797 kilos of cocaine and 1,308 kilos of heroin.
Supporters of the measures argue that hundreds of millions of dollars have been wasted on a failed war against marijuana. They contend that decriminalization would bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue, with the funds used for education, health care and other government services.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy strongly opposes the legalization of marijuana and the federal Controlled Substances Act prohibits the production, possession and sale of marijuana.
“According to scientists at the National Institutes of Health, the world’s largest source of drug abuse research, marijuana use is associated with addiction, respiratory disease and cognitive impairment,” ONDCP director Gil Kerlikowske wrote in a White House document.
“Studies also reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the last 20 years, raising serious concerns about what this means for public health,” wrote Kerlikowske, who is often referred to as the country’s “drug czar.”
The president’s 2012 National Drug Control Strategy also states that “the legalization of drugs will not be considered.”
“Making drugs more available and more accessible will not reduce drug use and its adverse consequences for public health and safety,” according to the 61-page policy. “We will continue to educate young people and all Americans about the science on the harmful health effects of marijuana use.”