Marijuana Legalization Campaign Director Lays Out I-502

November 03, 2011

    Today we continue to

examine the issue of marijuana legalization in Washington State. A campaign to legalize marijuana for recreational

use in Washington state is getting a big cash boost with two months left to collect signatures.

/>    Campaign director Alison Holcomb says her group New Approach Washington received a check for

$100,000 Tuesday from philanthropist Harriet Bullitt. Bullitt is the owner of Icicle Broadcasting, the parent

company of KOHO Radio. She is also owner of Leavenworth’s Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort.

/>    By the end of next week the I-502 campaign expects to have $200,000 more from Progressive

Insurance Co. Chairman Peter Lewis, who has already given $50,000.

    Holcomb says the

campaign has collected about 180,000 signatures. It must collect 241,000 valid signatures by the end of this year

to send the initiative to the Legislature, which can pass it or allow it to go to a public vote.

/>    Holcomb said she is fully confident New Approach WA will be able to gather the needed

signatures, using paid signature gatherers and dedicated volunteers.
    The initiative would

legalize up to an ounce of dried marijuana, and pot would be sold and taxed at state-licensed stores. To find out

more of the specifics, Isaac Kaplan-Woolner called the campaign’s director.



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