New Pot-Legalization Effort Announced in Washington State

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Jun 21, 2007
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It's not election season in Washington until someone tries to get a marijuana-legalization law passed. Leading that effort for 2012 appears to be the freshly-formed group New Approach Washington.

The group just announced a signature-gathering effort that they're hoping will lead to a full-legalization initiative on the ballot next year.

If passed, Washington's new governor--whoever it is--would be powerless to veto the law like Gov. Chris Gregoire did to the medical-marijuana reform bill SB 5073, which was passed by the legislature earlier this year.

The law would give the state Liquor Control Board power to regulate and sell marijuana to anyone 21-years-old or older.

Still, being that states with relaxed medical-pot laws are already under siege by the federal government, there seems little doubt that a rogue state legalizing pot would tempt a much larger federal backlash.

New Approach Washington spokesperson Alison Holcolmb didn't really have a good answer for getting around Uncle Sam, but she essentially told us that not knowing how a legalization bill will play federally isn't a good reason not to try and pass one.

"I take President Obama at his word that marijuana reform deserves a serious debate. We want to have that debate," she says. "I have faith that our federal government respects state rights to try a new approach to what clearly has been decades of failed marijuana policy."

The group's effort is sponsored by Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington John McKay, state Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson and past president of the Washington State Bar Association Mark Johnson, among others.

They'll hold an event announcing the effort today at 11 a.m. in the Seattle Public Library.

Ugh....We've seen how this will play out...

I think WA needs to solidify the MMJ laws before they try to make it a common commodity in Liquor Stores.....
I think making it street legal would help solidify the MMJ law.
You gotta keep jabbing at the Feds......maybe we can eventually hit them with a solid hook and an upper cut....but I doubt this passes. ;)

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