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SEATTLE (AP) - Marijuana activists are again trying to legalize the drug in Washington state through a ballot measure. Douglas Hiatt, an attorney who works with a group called Sensible Washington, says it will file an initiative Wednesday afternoon that would remove all state criminal and civil penalties for the possession use and sale of marijuana in any quantity.

The group tried to get a similar initiative on the ballot last year, but fell about 50,000 signatures short. That proposal was criticized for not including a state regulatory system overseeing
the marijuana industry. This time, the initiative would direct the state Legislature to develop such regulations, including possibly taxing marijuana sales.

State Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson of Seattle has introduced a bill in the Legislature that would allow the sale of marijuana in state liquor stores.

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Angel Murray-Inge I feel like I should qualify my support for this by saying that I don't thank anyone should "do" anything every day or every minute of any day. As an intoxicant, I don't see how it is any different than alcohol and should be used in moderation. As for medicinal use, if it helps there is no excuse not to do it.

 

Jeri Humphreys Legalize it, make more room in prison for child abusers, and real criminals. It's stupid to bust the nice hippy who never leaves his house but let the child abuser who almost killed or did kill a child out!


Colleen Crane Absolutley agree with Legalizing.... I have been on "meds" for chronic pain, spent the last 2 months getting off ALL "meds", now use natural and have thought of marijuana to aid them. Another point...state can tax it like candy, water, gas,......

 

Melinda Sauvage Just moved from So Cal and it is legalized there and there are modern clinics for it. It doesn't seem to be a social problem there other than the occasional robbery of a dispensary here or there. Didn't affect my life.


Dwight Wickham For those of you who want to keep paying 20,000-50,000 Dollars a year to keep EACH person in prison for a victimless crime like Pot, just keep believing it. The multi Billion dollar war on drugs had never worked and never will. Keeping pot illegal only helps the drug dealers. I say legalize it and take the rug from under the gang members who are rolling in the cash!


Jessica Oliver Johnson ‎*precautionary, rather. I need a phone with spell check. *sigh*

 

Eric Witt make it dont smoke it, but the money can be used to help the state


Karen Marchand Yes!

 

Nate Bergstrom Tax it, regulate it, defund the gangs by selling it. Yup we lost the war on drugs now lets regain control and decrease violence. Or we could continue this route much like what was done with booze....it worked REALLY well.

 

Mike Mohondro Legalize it and make it free to Democrats. With any luck they will be too stoned to vote in the future and we can take our Country back.

 

Dustin Wozny yes because in Central Washington it grows wild like in Yakima and the Tri Cities area

 

Nick Rizzuto Absolutely...

 

Lisa Bechtel Legalize it yes! Tax it just like cigarettes to help fix our economy in this state, yes! cigarettes are far worse for ppl to smoke than marijuana and they are legal!

 

Christina Seaman I'm picturing everyone driving around high as a kite. That sounds pretty safe to me. So doctors and police officers and firemen can also smoke pot? The first time someone is in a situation where safety is involved and someone dies as a result of someone being high and not making an appropriate safe decision, is when people will say this was a dumb idea. I don't think making money is worth the lives that this could really impact.

 

Brandon Resseman Legalize it and watch the tourist trade sky rocket and the home buying boom cuz if Washington is the only one to legalize then Washingtons economy will see a much needed change and plus to the statement that it will double the idiots on the road or that it will open up alot more people to smoke . One if you'r a smoker you'r goin To still be smoking even if this don't pass and two it will not double the amount of impaired drivers cuz its not like the law is stopping anyone any less...

 

Tyrone Begay for sure the should. wasting the tax payer money every time someone is put in jail. statistic say ever 3 seconds someone is jailed for pot in one way or another. so legalize it and save some money and put it to some better use. Plus pot is excellent for the world in every way.


Allen Gemmrig ‎@CHRISTINA
But it is natural... Like Organic, MMMMMANNNNNNN!!!!! Stop, here is where I look at it. " keep smoking, you fines help the state too".

 

Belinda Miller Christina, just because it is legal doesn't mean that you should be allowed to smoke it on the job or while operating a vehicle. It should still follow the same rules as alcohol. I think the only problem with taxing it is that it is easier to grow then grass. but that could be remedied by issuing permits to people kinda like hunting and fishing permits.

 

Allen Gemmrig Also, am I the only one that knows L.E. (code letters) looks at posts like this and maybe spends a little extra time with the pro-pot crowd. nahhhhh I'm just stupid... Nope, it would never happen... I vote for Meth to be legalized too.... Wow, and we wonder why pot heads shouldn't be allowed in public.


Cassandra Bell doctors and police officers and firemen can drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes too... its a personal choice and alls we can hope for is people to make the right decisions about when and where they do whatever they chooose to do. responsible should not be punished, like the way responsible people who drink alcohol now are not punished for the loser s who abuse alcohol and people who choose to drive drunk...

 

Cassandra Bell*responsible PEOPLE should not be punished

 

Christina Meyer I don't think it should be legal but I also don't think alcohol should. Just because something is legal doesn't make it good.

Mary Dimico NO

 

Linda Hathaway Foster Leagalize it and then tax the hell out of it!

 

Belinda Miller

‎@Allen, I am not a pot head, and have only smoked pot a few times experimenting in high school. You obviously know nothing about pot or meth or you wouldn't be equating them. The only thing they have in common is that they are both illegal.... There is a 100% chance that if you smoke meth you will become addicted and it will destroy your life, your family, and your community. A lot of people who smoke pot you wouldn't even know unless they told you or you saw them doing it. There are of course the stereotypical pot heads, but even if you look like you should be smoking pot doesn't mean that you are. Pot is not just good for smoking, because it can grow anywhere and be used for everything from making clothes to medicine, it's cheaper then cotton to grow and maintain.
Tabi Payne well let's see, alchohol is legal. roses are legal,tomato plants are legal,get what i'm saying ? doesn't really matter if it's legal or not,it's well accessable. If the government wants to put a dent in the deficit, legalize pot !

Christina Seaman
I think it's a bit easier to tell when someone is drunk than to tell when they are high. I also think the jails will be more overrun with pot issues because it will be even easier to abuse it. I just think there will just be too many loop h...oles and I worry about the safety of some of the decisions that are made while smoking. What about the effects it has on parents sitting at home and the decisions they make about their kids? Oh my kid is jumping off a table..... I'll get to it in a minute......just let me get up off the couch....and stand up.....and walk over there....
I've been high, I know how it works. Maybe that's not how it is for all people but what about the people that just sit on their butt and can't move while they're high. I just can't see anything good coming from it.

Christina Hughes absolutley!!!

Esther Sammons Pot smokers beat their wives too.
Jennifer Hamlin Meth is a very destructive drug! Marijuana is a organic substance. There is a huge difference in the side effects of the two drugs. Though it is against the law at the federal level they are now dishing it out at some VA hospitals to treat chronic pain... It is only time tell it is legal nation wide. As it should be! People are using it now and will continue using it weather the state is making money off it our not!!
Kelly Wissink-Asan@ Esther--so do people who do not drink, smoke or use drugs.

Emily Norton
‎200% YES. Legalize it, tax it. It would create a $16 billion PROFIT margin for the state of Washington if it was legalized. Our state is so effin' broke, we're cutting medical benefits of the poorest of the poor, elderly and disabled. Let'...s get over the gov'mnt propaganda from the 1930's when marijuana prohibition began, and start creating a positive cash-flow for the state of Washington.
Kasey Robertson i think they should legalize it then the jail cells wont get so full of people getting arrested for having pot on them and they can fill them with more sex affenders and all those other crazy people out there.
Everyone makes it sound as if legalizing marijuana will make everyone use it. Be honest people, most of us have smoked it at some point in our lives, and if we still wanted to, we would, legal or not. I know people who do now, and people ...who don't, and rarely is it a case of legalities. The biggest boon and argument for legalization would be the reduction in the illegal trade. Ask any dealer if they want it legalized. Not one would say yes. Legalizing something that isn't going to ever go away will keep the criminal aspect out of it and make life safer for us all. Look at the crime going on at the Mexican border due to drug smuggling. If the border patrol could stop searching for drugs and focus on the more important criminal aspects like human trafficking and terrorist activities, we could all sleep a little safer at night.

Kelly Wissink-Asan ‎@ April: Great point...I agree with you! You took the words right out of my mouth...
Stephen Dawson Make it Legal and Tax it. Put the Illegal side out of Business. I bet the State can use the $$$$. But put some of the funds back into Law Enforcement!

Mike Mohondro Taco Bell uses it as filler.
Jeremiah Jordan-Fields It's kinda silly to make a plant illegal. If I had my way I'd outlaw tansy, hawkweed, dandelions an other noxious weeds. So yeah, quit wasting money on the war on drugs and let the cops do what they do best, shoot spokane citizens.

Steve Long If that were true, I would actually like Taco Bell Mike
Marie La Rue I Dont smoke it ewwwww! But if it means ppl smoking marijuana or that CRAP Spice out there that is legal,then legalize it its better for you than that crap thats really a insence.Its only being smoked because marijuana is illegal.Spice is know to kill ppl.Severe respiratory problems.

Jessica Oliver Johnson People on pot don't scare me. People on METH do. I guess legalizing pot isn't such a bad idea after all. Then the police can start cracking down on the drugs most likely to kill you, or someone else. Hmm. I changed my mind. Legalize it. I'll just start educating my kids super early about why they should wait till their brains are fully developed before messing with stuff that could turn them into giggly adults with the munchies :)
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