Marijuana Legalization Bill Dies In Washington
Joe | Apr 04, 2011 | Comments 3
HB 1550 – the marijuana legalization bill that was favored by not only every Seattle legislator, but also the mayor, the city attorney, and several council members – has officially died for this legislative session in the capitol of Olympia.
But things aren’t over for the year in Washington State; voters can still have a say in this issue.
Sponsors of a measure that would legalize marijuana use by people 18 and older are collecting signatures to try to get an initiative before the people this fall. 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 a similar effort fell short by about 50,000 signatures.
Our Washington readers should go to sensiblewashington.org and do what they can to help the petition drive. And be sure to share this story with all your friends. That’s a lot of signatures to get, and the volunteers need all the help we can provide.
As usual, voters can succeed where the legislature has failed; but the measure needs to get on the ballot first.