KOMO has the news today that State Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45, Kirkland) wants to challenge US Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA, 8 ) for a seat in congress in 2012 with a drug reform platform.

Goodman told KOMO reporters that he wants to lead the charge at the national level to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries, something that failed during the 2011 legislative session.
Goodman wants to legalize pot dispensaries, which are neither allowed nor prohibited under current state law. He says despite the governor's recent veto of medical marijuana legislation, he sees momentum for change at the state level.

Now he wants to lead the charge at the national level.

"It's a nascent effort in Congress. It's a difficult culture to get reforms like this through. That's why I'm hoping to be in Congress to exert that leadership," he said.

Goodman has been a vocal proponent of drug reform going back before he was a state rep and has been active recently in the state's medical marijuana debate.

He queued up his own legislation to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington, but is waiting until next year to introduce it. His plan answers a lot of the controversial questions raised by skeptics this year, including Governor Chris Gregoire. For instance, his bill implements an ID card for patients to carry which ensures protection from arrest (rather than a registry — which groups like the ACLU have objected to).

State Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48, Bellevue) flirted with a run against Reichert in 2010, but decided not to go for it when Suzan DelBene, a former Microsoft manager, scared him off with her campaign bank account. DelBene, Rep. Reichert's second Microsoft exec—and female challenger—in a row, lost to Reichert 52 to 47.9. Reichert's previous opponent, Darcy Burner, lost 47.2 to 52.7.  Reichert was first elected in 2004, beating liberal radio host Dave Ross, 51.5 to 46.7.

The districts are still being redrawn so it's not exactly clear how the 2012 races will line up.
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