In Washington, 20 Democratic lawmakers, including both Senators and Representatives, have endorsed Initiative 502, which seeks to legalize marijuana possession and sales for individuals over the age of 21.
I-502 will appear on the November general election ballot, and is the first marijuana initiative on the ballot since the passage of medical marijuana. Should I-502 pass, revenue from marijuana sales and taxation would be put toward Washington’s health care system.
One of the main criticisms of I-502 is that it will place a DUI limit on marijuana users, which could impact the daily lives of medical marijuana users.
The Initiative is opposed by The Washington Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs. Should the Initiative be passed by voters, many attorneys believe that it will quickly be stopped by the DEA and federal prosecutors.