Pot Proponents Make Another Push For Legalization

And you really should help get this thing on the ballot.


For the second year in a row, people who want to make pot legal in Washington will try to get a statewide initiative before voters.

The secretary of state’s office on Wednesday said sponsors of a measure that would legalize marijuana use by people 18 and older filed with elections officials. A similar effort last year sputtered when organizers failed to get enough signatures. This year’s attempt includes a new provision that would require the state Legislature to adopt civil regulations on marijuana use, sales and possibly taxation.

To qualify for the November ballot, initiative sponsors need to get the signatures of more than 241,000 registered voters by July 8. Last year they fell short by about 50,000 signatures.

Douglas Hiatt, one of the sponsors of the Sensible Washington coalition, says legalization proponents learned from last year’s failed effort.

“A lot of people spent the summer in meetings to get reorganized. The organization is five times bigger than it was,” he said. “We’re a lot more organized and have a much better idea about what we’re doing.”