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  [WA] Pot Legalization Campaign Has Nearly Enough Money to Make 2012 Ballot
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Last EditedRalphie  Oct 20, 2011 03:32am
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AuthorDominic Holden
News DateThursday, October 20, 2011 02:10:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe big initiative to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana (which I detail here) has nearly enough money to make the ballot. New Approach Washington, the campaign running Initiative 502, held a swank fundraiser last Sunday at the waterfront home of Scott Lipsky, where campaign director Alison Holcomb announced that the campaign had racked up a total of $850,000 in hard cash and pledged contributions (including money from former Progressive Insurance CEO Peter Lewis, the Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy Project, and several local donors). That's only $75,000 short of the total required to pay for signature gatherers.

Put another way: Washington State is on track to legalize marijuana next year.

The campaign, which had only reported a quarter million dollars as of its last report the state, has gathered 130,000 signatures since filing the measure in June (and there's about 200,000 more to go by their December 30 deadline, to ensure a sufficient cushion). Assuming it makes the ballot, the initiative is in a strong place to win. Already showing a majority support (54 to 38 percent, according to the latest poll), a controversial provision that penalizes stoned drivers with 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood played well with voters, Holcomb said. Hearing about that DUI provision prompted 62 percent of voters to say they were more likely to support I-502 and only 11 percent said it would make them less likely.
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