Drug Law

Bill to Legalize Marijuana in Washington State Dead

| by NORML
By Paul Armentano 

 

Washington House members have refused to act on legislation that sought to legalize and regulate the “production, distribution, and sale” of marijuana to adults. By failing to advance the bill out of committee by last week’s legislative deadline, the measure, HB 1550, is dead for this year’s legislative session.

A state fiscal analysis of the measure estimated that regulating marijuana sales could yield some $300 million in new revenue per biennium, while also reallocating an estimated $25 million annually in law enforcement costs. In Seattle, every state legislator — as well as the city’s mayor, city attorney and several City Council members — had gone on record in support of regulating marijuana.

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In January, a SurveyUSA/KING5 poll reported that a majority of people in Washington state – 51 percent – thought marijuana should be legalized and regulated.

NORML would like to thank the 700+ activists of who took the time to contact your lawmakers in support of this legislation. We will continues to work with sympathetic lawmakers and ourallies in Washington on likeminded reforms, and will keep you abreast of forthcoming statewide reform efforts as they become finalized.

You can also get involved in the 2011 statewide initiative effort to legalize adult marijuana use by contacting our friends Sensible Washington here.

Thank you for your support of sensible marijuana law reform in Washington state.