Voters strongly favored marijuana initiative in south Snohomish County

  • Mon Dec 17th, 2012 12:39pm
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By Evan Smith Herald writer

South Snohomish County voters gave strong support to the marijuana initiative on the November ballot, with voters in the 21st and 32nd legislative districts supporting Initiative 502 at a higher rate than the whole state and the whole county and voters in the 1st Legislative District approving it at a slightly lower rate than the state and county averages.

The strongest support for I-502 came in Edmonds, Woodway and the nearby unincorporated areas that make up the Snohomish County part of the 7th Congressional District.

Voters in that area gave the initiative a 58.5 percent “yes” vote, compared to the statewide passing rate of 55.7 percent and a countywide rate of 54.6 percent.

Voters in the Snohomish County portion of the 32nd Legislative District, including south Edmonds, Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas, Lynnwood and part of Mountlake Terrace, gave the measure a 57 percent “yes” vote to a 43 percent “no” vote.

The 21st Legislative District, including most of Edmonds, the north outskirts of Lynnwood, all of Mukilteo and part of south Everett, approved the initiative 56.2 percent to 43.8 percent.

Voters in the 1st Legislative District, including most of Mountlake Terrace, all of Brier, the Snohomish County part of Bothell and unincorporated areas north and east of Bothell, supported the initiative 54.6 percent to 45.4 percent.

I-502 passed in all of the counties around Puget Sound, along the Pacific Coast and in north central Washington, plus Spokane and Whitman counties in Eastern Washington, and Skamania County on the Columbia Gorge. It failed in the rest of eastern, central and southwest Washington.

Approval rates ranged from 68.29 percent in San Juan County to 38.94 percent in Franklin County, which includes Pasco.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com