Initiatives to make prosecution for marijuana offenses the lowest law-enforcement priority are being promoted for Bellingham, Everett, Kent, Bremerton, Olympia and Spokane.
A group that promotes legalization of marijuana says it will file initiatives in six Washington cities to make prosecution for pot offenses the lowest law-enforcement priority.
Sensible Washington said Wednesday it would push the initiatives in Spokane, Olympia, Bellingham, Everett, Kent and Bremerton.
Seattle voters in 2003 passed an initiative making the investigation, arrest and prosecution of marijuana offenses, when the drug was intended for adult personal use, the lowest law-enforcement priority. Tacoma voters did much the same last year.
This fall, state voters will decide the fate of Initiative 502, which would create a system of state-licensed growers, processors and stores, and impose an excise tax at each stage. Those 21 and over could buy up to an ounce of dried marijuana; 1 pound of marijuana-infused product in solid form, such as brownies; or 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquids.
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Washington state already has a voter-approved medical-marijuana law that gives doctors the right to recommend — but not prescribe — marijuana for people suffering from cancer and other conditions that cause “intractable pain.”