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Last EditedRalphie  Jun 22, 2011 06:40pm
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CategoryProposed Legislation
AuthorDominic Holden
MediaNewspaper - The Stranger
News DateWednesday, June 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionYou know pot prohibition is just as much of a sham today as alcohol prohibition was in its day. You've been hoping someone—someone with a real strategy and money to win—would end this nonsense.

Now that's finally happening. On June 22, Washington State, in a way no state has ever attempted, will begin a serious effort to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana. The method: an initiative, filed by a new coalition of health care professionals, lawyers, and drug law reform advocates.

If passed by voters next year, the initiative will establish a complete farm-to-joint regulatory framework: state-licensed growers, distributors, and retail outlets, and rules for adults 21 and over to buy and consume marijuana. Meanwhile, it would establish penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana, maintain rules for minors, and set buffers around schools where marijuana stores would be banned.
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