Washington voters will have the opportunity to vote on Initative 502, which would make the recreational use of marijuana legal for individuals 21 and over.
Thursday, Representative Sam Hunt, who chairs the House State Government & tribal Affairs Committee that was considering the initiative said that the Legislature would not act on the Initiative. It was initially approved by the Secretary of State’s office at the end of January, but the legislature had the opportunity to act on it, which could have complicated its path to the November ballot.
Since Legislature has opted not to act on the initiative, it will automatically appear on the November general election ballot.
“Locking people up and putting handcuffs on them is not the way to resolve our society’s issues with regard to marijuana,” said John McKay, a former U.S. Attorney for Seattle who has become an outspoken advocate for marijuana legalization.
Some supporters of medical marijuana oppose the bill, as it will restrict the amount of THC that individuals can have in their system while driving. Under this initiative, it would be illegal for someone to operate a motor vehicle with more than 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood in their system.MMJ users who are opponents of I-502 believe that this blood-test stipulation would lead to more MMJ patients getting arrested, as individuals’ tolerance and required dosage vary.