Marijuana legalization measure ready for the ballot

An initiative making it legal for adults to grow, smoke and sell marijuana has qualified for the November ballot.

The expected announcement came today from the Secretary of State’s Office.

Sponsors of Initiative 502 submitted 354,608 signatures and needed at least 241,153 of them to be of valid voters. A signature-check using a random sample determined that sponsors had nearly 278,000 valid signatures, according to agency spokesman David Ammons.

This is an initiative to the Legislature which means lawmakers could go ahead and adopt it themselves then send it to the governor for signing. No one anticipates that will happen so voters will get to decide.

Under the measure, marijuana would be regulated and taxed in the same manner as alcohol. For more info, go to the online home of the sponsors, New Approach Washington.

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