Over the weekend, at a liberal confab where Dennis Kucinich reportedly electrified the crowd with lefty talk on ending wars and saving animals, gubernatorial candidate Rep. Jay Inslee received a decidedly less-than-enthusiastic response for his lukewarm support of progressive policies. PubliCola reported that when asked about his support for legalizing marijuana, Inslee said "I'm not there yet," to which a crowd of crickets enthusiastically responded.
But what does "not there yet" mean? Could he "be there" eventually? Does he have any intentions of "getting there"?
We asked his campaign. They clarified. Sort of.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a spokesperson for the Inslee campaign says that the Congressman "views marijuana legalization in terms of being a parent" and therefore he doesn't support it.
"Not there yet" is apparently not just a non-answer he uses at campaign events. It's one he uses with his own staff as well.
As for whether that position could change, the spokesperson says "He's pretty much made up his mind," but also adds "for now" as apparently some hint that, should hell freeze over and an ice-skating Satan start smoking frozen doobies, he could theoretically change his mind.
The Inslee campaign does tick off all the ways that he supports medical marijuana (more patient access, stronger state rights, etc.).
But "in terms of total decriminalization," he's "just not there yet."