Republican Sen. Ann Rivers of La Center is earning a reputation in Olympia as the lawmaker determined to tame the state’s great weed experiment she’s dubbed the “wild, wild West” of pot.
One of her biggest priorities: giving local cities and counties a cut of the tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales to boost public safety efforts.
“They are playing the game, they should get a cut of the take, from my perspective,” Rivers said.
And some of the stories she’s shared to illustrate the need — an armed intruder in a home invasion who “pistol whipped” a woman in an attempt to steal marijuana — sound barbarous.
“We were promised time and time again it was going to be a tremendous savings to public safety,” Rivers said. “Jails would be empty, we wouldn’t have any more marijuana-related crime. We’ve found quite the opposite.”