The Washington State Liquor Control Board is now advertising for a marijuana consultant, and the idea that it needs expert advice caused considerable tittering a few weeks back when it was first mentioned at legislative hearings. What, exactly, does it take to be an expert in marijuana? And would anyone dare to admit he or she is qualified?
The 9th Order
It was the event of the season, and of course Washington State Wire had a ball. Some 3,000 Washington residents and honored guests attended the Inaugural Ball at the Capitol Wednesday night — and whatever can be said about it, we’ve already said. All our friends were there. So was anyone who was anyone. Rumor had it that the governor was there, but we didn’t see him. We got a lot of pictures, though.
Consider this another sign that the debate over Initiative 522 is going to get awfully heated, awfully fast. The Northwest Food Processors Association has delivered its opening salvo against the measure, which would require the labeling of seed and food with genetically modified DNA. It was a biggie in California last year, and it’s probably coming to a ballot near you.
This might sound a little confusing, so pay close attention. The state Department of Revenue says Washington ranks 36th in taxes of all states nationwide, measured as a percentage of personal income. What it means is that there are 35 other states that tax their citizens at a higher rate. And it’s one of those factoids that is sure to be bandied about as lawmakers talk taxes this year. But things look a little different if you measure taxes per capita — the preferred measure for those who think Washington taxes are on the high side. There Washington ranks 21st.