Washington state is facing some tough decisions on which taxes to raise or which services to cut. Yet residents should be extremely frustrated by Attorney General Rob McKenna’s push to extradite a Canadian activist to Seattle, where residents will have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to prosecute and imprison him, money which could be better spent on teachers or keeping taxes low.
Marc Emery is facing five to eight years in prison for selling novelty pot seeds to customers in Washington state. As a resident of Canada, our government has not bothered to spend our taxpayer dollars on prosecuting Mr. Emery, yet soon his new jail cell will be furnished at the expense of Washington residents.
I encourage every frustrated taxpayer to contact Gov. Gregoire and Attorney General McKenna and ask them to keep Emery out of Washington. You’ve got better ways to spend your taxes.
– Article from The News Tribune on June 20, 2009.