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.